System for Multi-Ship Brown-Out Helicopter Landings
Navy SBIR FY2008.2

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2008.2
Topic No.: N08-152
Topic Title: System for Multi-Ship Brown-Out Helicopter Landings
Proposal No.: N082-152-0364
Firm: Arete Associates
P.O. Box 2607
Winnetka, California 91396-2607
Contact: Joseph Triscari
Phone: (520) 770-6028
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Abstract: Areté Associates (Areté) proposes to develop advanced algorithms for landing area characterization from LADAR data for the purpose of assisting helicopter landing during brownout. Our algorithms will discriminate ground from non-ground objects; remove outlier data; identify flat areas/pits/trenches; and characterize level, uncluttered areas suitable for a helicopter landing zone. These processed data can then be distributed to a fleet of helicopters to plan a safe landing for each vehicle.
Benefits: This research will help plan safe landing for helicopters. The technology can also be used evaluate terrain for architectural and mapping applications.