21 May 2015 Flight evaluation of an ISIE-11 based digital night vision goggle prototype
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Digital Night Vision sensor technology has the potential to provide significant new night vision capabilities for military aviators. Before new capabilities can fielded, however, the combined sensor-processor-display chain must achieve a level of night vision performance on-par with current-generation photo-multiplier tube (PMT) - based night vision goggles across the entire range of lighting conditions. This paper provides an overview of Rockwell Collins’s design of an ISIE-11 based Digital Night Vision Goggle (DNVG) intended to eventually replace traditional PMT goggles in a variety of military aviation and infantry applications. It also reports on an initial series of evaluations performed by Boeing aircrew in laboratory and flight environments. Laboratory lighting levels ranged from "overcast starlight" to "full moon", and airborne evaluations in a light aircraft were conducted under "starlight" and "half-moon" conditions at a realistic tactical altitude. Each evaluation provided a direct comparison between a modern PMT NVG and the DNVG prototype. Inputs from the flight evaluation were subsequently implemented in DNVG image processing software.
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Gregory J. Hardy, Gregory J. Hardy, Bob Foote, Bob Foote, } "Flight evaluation of an ISIE-11 based digital night vision goggle prototype", Proc. SPIE 9471, Degraded Visual Environments: Enhanced, Synthetic, and External Vision Solutions 2015, 947102 (21 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2180251; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2180251

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