Mercury Computer Systems announced that it was awarded a contract by BAE Systems Australia to provide a Synthetic Vision display, for the development of a rotorcraft brownout landing system.
Mercury has developed a patent-pending Morphing Terrain Engine that incorporates terrain sensor measurements that are captured and updated in real time via a standard interface, and displayed with Synthetic Vision. This state-of-the-art product allows pilots to visualize complicated sensor outputs in an immediately intuitive format.
"BAE Systems Australia has chosen Mercury Computer Systems to provide a Synthetic Vision display for a flight-ready prototype brownout landing system for rotorcraft," said Operations Director Jim Hanson of BAE. "Mercury and BAE Systems will be working closely to assemble and integrate the system."
In 2002, the President of the American Helicopter Society identified brownout landings as the most critical safety issue facing rotorcraft. Dozens of helicopter accidents and deaths, both civilian and military, have been attributed to brownout landing accidents.
"Rotorcraft pilots are tasked with dangerous and critical missions, from civilian medical evacuation to military transport missions. Mercury is proud to be on a team with BAE Systems Australia to develop a flight-ready system to address this problem," said Philippe Roy, Director and General Manager of the Avionics and Unmanned Systems group at Mercury.
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