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System for Multi-Ship Brown-Out Helicopter Landings

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-11-C-0441
Agency Tracking Number: N082-152-0850
Amount: $745,417.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-152
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-07-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
5400 Hellyer Avenue
San Jose, CA -
United States
DUNS: 884102542
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Lisa Spencer
 CTO / Primary Investigato
 (407) 982-2101
Business Contact
 Sandra Vaquerizo
Title: Vice President
Phone: (407) 982-2104
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. To address this problem, CG2 has proposed a system that combines data from sensors mounted on the lead rotorcraft with telemetry to produce a synthetic vision display that allows a formation of rotorcraft to land safely. The system will generate a virtual scene using geometry extracted from LIDAR data and correlated camera imagery. The rotorcraft 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 recommended flight paths to the landing zone. Multiple viewpoints will allow the pilot to assess the landing area from multiple perspectives while landing. The solution will be validated in a simulation environment as well as with real sensors, and be capable of running on ruggedized, embedded hardware. Based on the design concepts proven in Phase I and the validation environment created in the Phase I Option, a prototype will be created during Phase II. The prototype will be tested both in the simulation environment and with a commercial laser sensor.

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