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System for Multi-Ship Brown-Out Helicopter Landings

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-08-C-0457
Agency Tracking Number: N082-152-0850
Amount: $149,678.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-152
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2008
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2008-09-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2009-11-06
Small Business Information
6330 San Ignacio Avenue
San Jose, CA 95119
United States
DUNS: 884102542
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Lisa Spencer
 (407) 737-8800
Business Contact
 Mike Pavloff
Title: Officer
Phone: (650) 224-5030
Research Institution

Brownout is the number one operational problem facing military rotorcraft today. Visual obscuration, combined with nose-up attitude during landing, make identification of landing area hazards difficult or impossible. Landing multiple helicopters is even more difficult, since the trailing aircraft must contend with the dust cloud resulting from landing the lead aircraft. To address this problem, CG2 is proposing a system that combines data from a LIDAR sensor and CCD or IR cameras mounted on the lead aircraft with user input regarding the flight profile parameters and telemetry from each of the aircraft in the formation to produce recommended flight profiles and synthetic vision displays that allow all of the aircraft to land safely. The system will generate a virtual scene using geometry extracted from the LIDAR data combined with correlated camera imagery so that objects may be identified more easily. The aircraft telemetry will be used to render a real-time scene that accurately depicts the position and orientation of each ship relative to the terrain, with a choice of viewpoints. The solution will be validated in a simulation environment as well as with real sensors, and be capable of running on ruggedized, embedded hardware.

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