|Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Paul Labbe|
The U.S. Army’s search for a “degraded visual environment” solution is aimed not only at enabling aircrews to take off and land safely in blowing dust, sand, snow, fog and other obscuration but “to exploit dwelling in those conditions indefinitely” to gain “a tactical advantage over an adversary,” David Cripps told attendees of R&WI’s Rotorcraft Certification Summit Oct. 27, 2015. He is deputy director of the Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center’s Aviation Engineering Directorate, which is supporting a DVE technical demonstration by the Aviation Development Directorate. That demo aims to fuse inputs from near and far IR sensors, radar and lidar, display the data with flight path vectors and tie those inputs to an aircraft’s flight controls.