Airbus Helicopters Developing on-board Image Processing for VTOL Systems

  • Our Bureau
  • 12:16 PM, October 4, 2017
  • 3234
Airbus Helicopters Developing on-board Image Processing for VTOL Systems
Autonomous System for Helicopter Approach and Landing
Airbus Helicopters is developing an on board image processing management system to enable automatic approaches and landing in challenging conditions for helicopters, as well as paving the way for future sense & avoid applications on autonomous vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) systems. Codenamed Eagle, for Eye for Autonomous Guidance and Landing Extension, this system federates the entire helicopters image processing functions and feeds them into the avionics system, thus improving the crews situation awareness and reducing the pilots workload by automating and securing approaches, take-off and landing in the most demanding environments. Ground tests of Eagle have been ongoing since May this year and initial flights tests on a testbed helicopter will begin shortly. “While existing missions such as search and rescue and offshore transportation will benefit from Eagles capabilities, the system will also help address future requirements for operations in urban environments”, said Tomasz Krysinski, Airbus Helicopters Vice-President Research & Technology. “Ultimately, thanks to its ability to provide increased situation awareness, Eagle will also contribute to improve the safety, autonomy and performance of future unmanned vehicles.” The system, which could be embedded in a variety of existing and future Airbus VTOL vehicles, relies on a gyro-stabilized optronics package, which includes three high resolution cameras and state-of-the-art processing units, as well as on-board video analytics providing advanced functionalities such as object detection and tracking, digital noise reduction as well as deep learning. Future versions of the Eagle system will also integrate a laser, which combined with the high processing capability could open the door to other applications such as a new generation of search lights, obstacles detection and 3D terrain reconstruction.
Also Read

Self-piloted, Multi-passenger VTOL Aircraft Propulsion Tested by Airbus

October 4, 2017 @ 05:08 AM

Thales Wins Airbus A400M Military Training Simulators Contract

October 3, 2017 @ 01:29 PM

Airbus Helicopters Delivers Two H175 Choppers To Royal Thai Police

October 3, 2017 @ 10:32 AM

Airbus H145M Military Chopper Achieves First flight With HForce Weapon system

September 8, 2017 @ 11:27 AM

Airbus Perlan Glider Reaches New Heights, Searching Evidence On Climate Change

August 3, 2017 @ 05:08 PM

Airbus Wins UK Deal For Skynet 6A Military Satellite

August 1, 2017 @ 03:46 PM

IAI, Sierra Nevada To Co-develop New Tactical VTOL Unmanned Aircraft Systems For...

July 18, 2018 @ 08:49 AM

Airbus Helicopters Partners With Blade For On-demand Helicopter Services

March 1, 2018 @ 10:08 AM

Airbus Helicopters Signs £100 Million Support Contract For UK’s Puma 2 Chopper...

December 22, 2017 @ 12:01 PM