This month’s Forbes Magazine features Areté’s DVE lidar, an integral part of Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) work for the U.S. Air Force. SNC was awarded a contract last year to equip the Air Force’s combat search-and-rescue helicopters with technology that lets pilots see through the worst of conditions, among them sand storms (brownouts), fog, and more.
Until now, deadly helicopter crashes in such conditions were surprisingly frequent.
For this solution, SNC uses Areté’s advanced sensing systems, including infrared cameras, millimeter-wave radars, and laser rangefinders. The data from these sensors can be displayed on a cockpit screen, a helmet-mounted device, or a window display.
The story goes on to explain that the technology can be readily adapted to any type of aircraft, including commercial cargo planes and civilian helicopters.
To read more, please see “Fog Of War: How Clever Technology Enables Military Pilots To See Through Smoke, Dust, Mist & Smog” in Forbes Magazine.