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Dust-Penetrating (DUSPEN) “see-through” lidar for helicopter situational awareness in DVE
Author(s): James T. Murray; Jason Seely; Jeff Plath; Eric Gotfreson; John Engel; Bill Ryder; Neil Van Lieu; Ron Goodwin; Tyler Wagner; Greg Fetzer; Nick Kridler; Chris Melancon; Ken Panici; Anthony Mitchell
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Paper Abstract

Areté Associates recently developed and flight tested a next-generation low-latency near real-time dust-penetrating (DUSPEN) imaging lidar system. These tests were accomplished for Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC) Aircraft Division (AD) 4.5.6 (EO/IR Sensor Division) under the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Future Naval Capability (FNC) Helicopter Low-Level Operations (HELO) Product 2 program. Areté’s DUSPEN system captures full lidar waveforms and uses sophisticated real-time detection and filtering algorithms to discriminate hard target returns from dust and other obscurants. Down-stream 3D image processing methods are used to enhance pilot visualization of threat objects and ground features during severe DVE conditions. This paper presents results from these recent flight tests in full brown-out conditions at Yuma Proving Grounds (YPG) from a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter platform.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 May 2013
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8737, Degraded Visual Environments: Enhanced, Synthetic, and External Vision Solutions 2013, 87370H (16 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2016439
Show Author Affiliations
James T. Murray, Areté Associates (United States)
Jason Seely, Areté Associates (United States)
Jeff Plath, Areté Associates (United States)
Eric Gotfreson, Areté Associates (United States)
John Engel, Areté Associates (United States)
Bill Ryder, Areté Associates (United States)
Neil Van Lieu, Areté Associates (United States)
Ron Goodwin, Areté Associates (United States)
Tyler Wagner, Areté Associates (United States)
Greg Fetzer, Areté Associates (United States)
Nick Kridler, Areté Associates (United States)
Chris Melancon, Areté Associates (United States)
Ken Panici, Areté Associates (United States)
Anthony Mitchell, Areté Associates (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8737:
Degraded Visual Environments: Enhanced, Synthetic, and External Vision Solutions 2013
Kenneth L. Bernier; Jeff J. Güell, Editor(s)

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