11 June 2015 Flight test results of ladar brownout look-through capability
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The paper discusses recent results of flight tests performed with the Airbus Defence and Space ladar system at Yuma Proving Grounds. The ladar under test was the SferiSense® system which is in operational use as an in-flight obstacle warning and avoidance system on the NH90 transport helicopter. Just minor modifications were done on the sensor firmware to optimize its performance in brownout. Also a new filtering algorithm fitted to segment dust artefacts out of the collected 3D data in real-time was employed. The results proved that this ladar sensor is capable to detect obstacles through brownout dust clouds with a depth extending up to 300 meters from the landing helicopter.
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Stephen Stelmash, Stephen Stelmash, Thomas Münsterer, Thomas Münsterer, Patrick Kramper, Patrick Kramper, Christian Samuelis, Christian Samuelis, Daniel Bühler, Daniel Bühler, Matthias Wegner, Matthias Wegner, Sagar Sheth, Sagar Sheth, } "Flight test results of ladar brownout look-through capability", Proc. SPIE 9471, Degraded Visual Environments: Enhanced, Synthetic, and External Vision Solutions 2015, 947105 (11 June 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2180629; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2180629
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