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#1 Michael Collins

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Posted 25 August 2007 - 04:56 AM

I read an article in the July 30 Aviation Week about a new DARPA project aimed specifically at building an integrated synthetic vision/millimeter wave RADAR unit to reduce helicopter landing accidents in brownout/whiteout conditions. The program is called "Sandblaster."
Here's a link to another article about the program.
The idea is to combine a terrain display from a terrain database (synthetic vision) with a high resolution, short range RADAR image in real time to allow safe landings with zero conventional visibility.
An interesting note from the AW article is that (1) Honeywell has been testing their synthetic vision system on an A-Star and (2) their goal is to have a system for commercial helicopters by 2010.
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Posted 26 August 2007 - 01:53 AM

I read an article in the July 30 Aviation Week about a new DARPA project aimed specifically at building an integrated synthetic vision/millimeter wave RADAR unit to reduce helicopter landing accidents in brownout/whiteout conditions. The program is called "Sandblaster."
Here's a link to another article about the program.
The idea is to combine a terrain display from a terrain database (synthetic vision) with a high resolution, short range RADAR image in real time to allow safe landings with zero conventional visibility.
An interesting note from the AW article is that (1) Honeywell has been testing their synthetic vision system on an A-Star and (2) their goal is to have a system for commercial helicopters by 2010.



Michael,

THere are already synthetic vision systems available for both Rotor and Fixed Wing....THere are also systems that combine synthetic vision along with FLIR as well currently in use.....

A friend of mine recently purchased the Vista Nav system for his fixed wing.....

www.vistanav.com

These systems would absolutely increase safety, but with the current mentality of MONEY MONEY MONEY by most rotor programs, this would be cost prohibitive.....SAD....These things kick ass.....

Respectfully,
JW
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