12 July 2002 Mobile infrared scene projection for aviation applications: issues and experiences
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The U.S. Army Aviation Technical Test Center (ATTC) provides developmental test support to the Army's aviation community. An increasing dependence on modeling and simulation activities has been required to obtain more data as funding decreases for traditional flight-testing. The Mobile Infrared Scene Projector (MIRSP) system, maintained and operated by ATTC, is being used to gather initial data to measure the progress of developmental Forward Looking IR (FLIR) system activities. The Army continues to upgrade and add new features and algorithms to their FLIR sensors. The history with MIRSP shows that it can benefit the FLIR system development engineers with immediate feedback on algorithm changes. ATTC is also heavily involved with testing pilotage FLIR sensors that typically are less algorithm intensive. The more subjective nature of the pilotage sensor performance specifications requires a unique test approach when using IRSP technologies. This paper will highlight areas where IRSP capabilities have benefited the aviation community to date, describe lessons that ATTC has gained using a mobile system, and outline the areas being planned for upgrades and future support efforts to include pilotage sensors.
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Kenneth W. Zabel, Kenneth W. Zabel, Richard Stumpf, Richard Stumpf, Mark A. Casey, Mark A. Casey, Larry Martin, Larry Martin, "Mobile infrared scene projection for aviation applications: issues and experiences", Proc. SPIE 4717, Technologies for Synthetic Environments: Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing VII, (12 July 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.474722; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.474722

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