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Flight testing the infrared eye prototype
Author(s): Benoit Ricard; Paul C. Chevrette; Mario Pichette
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Paper Abstract

The Infrared (IR) Eye was developed with support from the National Search-and-Rescue Secretariat (NSS), in view of improving the efficiency of airborne search-and-rescue operations. The IR Eye concept is based on the human eye and uses simultaneously two fields of view to optimize area coverage and detection capability. It integrates two cameras: the first, with a wide field of view of 40 degree(s), is used for search and detection while the second camera, with a narrower field of view of 10 degree(s) for higher resolution and identification, is mobile within the wide field and slaved to the operator's line of sight by means of an eye-tracking system. The images from both cameras are fused and shown simultaneously on a standard high resolution CRT display unit, interfaced with the eye-tracking unit in order to optimize the man-machine interface. The system was flight tested using the Advanced System Research Aircraft (Bell 412 helicopter) from the Flight Research Laboratory of the National Research Council of Canada. This paper presents some results of the flight tests, indicates the strengths and deficiencies of the system, and suggests future improvements for an advanced system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 March 2002
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4710, Thermosense XXIV, (15 March 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.459568
Show Author Affiliations
Benoit Ricard, Defence Research Establishment Valcartier (Canada)
Paul C. Chevrette, Defence Research Establishment Valcartier (Canada)
Mario Pichette, Defence Research Establishment Valcartier (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4710:
Thermosense XXIV
Xavier P. Maldague; Andres E. Rozlosnik, Editor(s)

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