Non-Mechanical LADAR for Improving The Helicopter Pilot's Situational Awareness in Reduced Visual Cue Environments
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AbstractAdvanced Scientific Concepts, Inc. (ASC) has developed non-mechanical LADAR imagers based on its patented array technology. Flash LADAR Video Cameras (FLVC) output 128x128 3D point clouds at video rates. The LADAR sensing that ASC has been pursuing is directly in-line with the approach and form-factor needed to enable helicopter landing in reduced visibility. The proposed effort will leverage the current development work ASC has ongoing with iRobot and NASA, with a focus on producing a helicopter mounted 3D LADAR system for Brown-Out. Phase I will produce the models, requirements and preliminary design concepts to produce a robust Phase II prototype. In Phase II ASC will develop a prototype LADAR sensor that will scalable and robust. This compact lightweight sensor will be suitable for demonstration on a helicopter. The sensor will provide real-time point clouds with refresh rates up to 20 Hz. The laser will be eye-safe(1.57um) and require no scanning.
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