16 May 2013 Dust-Penetrating (DUSPEN) “see-through” lidar for helicopter situational awareness in DVE
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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.
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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, "Dust-Penetrating (DUSPEN) “see-through” lidar for helicopter situational awareness in DVE", Proc. SPIE 8737, Degraded Visual Environments: Enhanced, Synthetic, and External Vision Solutions 2013, 87370H (16 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2016439; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2016439
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