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Flight test results of ladar brownout look-through capability
Author(s): Stephen Stelmash; Thomas Münsterer; Patrick Kramper; Christian Samuelis; Daniel Bühler; Matthias Wegner; Sagar Sheth
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Paper Abstract

The paper discusses recent results of flight tests performed with the Airbus Defence and Space ladar system at Yuma Proving Grounds. The ladar under test was the SferiSense® system which is in operational use as an in-flight obstacle warning and avoidance system on the NH90 transport helicopter. Just minor modifications were done on the sensor firmware to optimize its performance in brownout. Also a new filtering algorithm fitted to segment dust artefacts out of the collected 3D data in real-time was employed. The results proved that this ladar sensor is capable to detect obstacles through brownout dust clouds with a depth extending up to 300 meters from the landing helicopter.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 June 2015
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 9471, Degraded Visual Environments: Enhanced, Synthetic, and External Vision Solutions 2015, 947105 (11 June 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2180629
Show Author Affiliations
Stephen Stelmash, Fairchild Controls Corp. (United States)
Thomas Münsterer, Airbus Defence and Space (Germany)
Patrick Kramper, Airbus Defence and Space (Germany)
Christian Samuelis, Airbus Defence and Space (Germany)
Daniel Bühler, Airbus Defence and Space (Germany)
Matthias Wegner, Airbus Defence and Space (Germany)
Sagar Sheth, Ferchau Engineering (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9471:
Degraded Visual Environments: Enhanced, Synthetic, and External Vision Solutions 2015
Jack Sanders-Reed; Jarvis J. Arthur III, Editor(s)

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