Sensor-Fusion Landing Augmentation Three-Dimensional Display System
Navy SBIR FY2008.2

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2008.2
Topic No.: N08-126
Topic Title: Sensor-Fusion Landing Augmentation Three-Dimensional Display System
Proposal No.: N082-126-0114
Firm: Physical Optics Corporation
Applied Technologies Division
20600 Gramercy Place, Bldg.100
Torrance, California 90501
Contact: Alexander Parfenov
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Web Site:
Abstract: In response to Navy needs for a real-time rotorcraft display that depicts a landing site area using fused sensor data while an aircraft approaches and descends into a landing zone, and helps helicopter pilots to land in degraded visual environments, POC proposes to develop a new real time Sensor-fusion Landing Augmentation Three-Dimensional (SLATD) display system based on augmented fusion display of 3D information acquired from the multiple imaging sensors in real time. The SLATD system can present real-time landing zone imagery based on the fusing of sensor data, thus enabling rotorcraft pilots to see nearby objects/obstacles for the control and safe descending of the aircraft in brownout conditions. In Phase I, POC will prove the feasibility of the proposed approach by presenting an analysis along with a hardware demonstration prototype of display technologies that can be used or enhanced for the depiction of a landing site area. In Phase II, POC will finalize a design, build one or more prototype devices to ascertain the automation of the fusing of sensor data, and display in real time a depiction of the landing area and rotorcraft dynamic flight situation during approach and landing.
Benefits: Military applications of the SLATD system will include navigation assistance for helicopter pilots landing aircraft in dry desert or in snowy areas. The SLATD can be incorporated by the Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard, into the cockpits of their helicopters such as CH53 and V-22 and be used as well for the pilot training programs which will benefit from SLATD technology. SLATD project will benefit the display industry because it provides a new instrument for building stereoscopic displays and will address the huge virtual-reality/visual simulation (VizSim) market, which is over $43B worldwide and is growing by 9.8% annually.