19 May 2006 Imaging sensor fusion and enhanced vision for helicopter landing operations
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An automatic target recognition system has been assembled and tested at the Research Institute for Optronics and Pattern Recognition in Germany over the last years. Its multisensorial design comprises off-the-shelf components: an FPA infrared camera, a scanning laser radar und an inertial measurement unit. In the paper we describe several possibilities for the use of this multisensor equipment during helicopter missions. We discuss suitable data processing methods, for instance the automatic time synchronization of different imaging sensors, the pixel-based data fusion and the incorporation of collateral information. The results are visualized in an appropriate way to present them on a cockpit display. We also show how our system can act as a landing aid for pilots within brownout conditions (dust clouds caused by the landing helicopter).
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Marcus Hebel, Marcus Hebel, Karlheinz Bers, Karlheinz Bers, Klaus Jäger, Klaus Jäger, "Imaging sensor fusion and enhanced vision for helicopter landing operations", Proc. SPIE 6226, Enhanced and Synthetic Vision 2006, 62260M (19 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.662758; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.662758


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