Non-Mechanical LADAR for Improving The Helicopter Pilot’s Situational Awareness in Reduced Visual Cue Environments

Period of Performance: 09/12/2008 - 03/12/2009


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Optical AIR Data Systems L.p.
10781 James Payne Court
Manassas, VA 20110
Principal Investigator

Research Topics


We propose the development of a motion free, eye-safe, all fiber optic laser based scanning system for real time terrain mapping under degraded visual conditions. The proposed technique leverages on advances in fiber optic laser and sensor technology developed over the past decade for the telecommunication industry as well as the high power fiber laser market. The resulting system provides a practical solution for a high speed scanning system capable of operating in the harsh helicopter environment. The proposed system will be capable of providing a 10 Hz dsiaply update rate to the pilot under all conditions.