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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Rockwell Collins Completes Successful SE-Vision Test Flights

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The SE-Vision program flight tests demonstrated concepts for sensor and synthetic imagery for use by the U.S. Air Force's (USAF) mobility operations in a low altitude tactical environment.
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Rockwell Collins' (Cedar Rapids, IA) SE-Vision program completed military and commercial test flights in New Mexico and New Jersey in June. SE-Vision flight deck technology, which integrates synthetic vision generated scenes with real-time enhanced vision imagery, is being developed by Rockwell Collins in collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA, Washington, DC), the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH), NASA Langley (VA) Research Center and Max-Viz (Portland, OR).

The SE-Vision program flight tests demonstrated concepts for sensor and synthetic imagery for use by the U.S. Air Force's (USAF) mobility operations in a low altitude tactical environment. The flights were conducted through June on the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center's (Atlantic City International Airport, NJ) Boeing 727-100, which was equipped with Rockwell Collins' HGS-4000 Heads-Up Guidance System (HGS), Max-Viz' Dual Band Infrared Sensors, Rockwell Collins' MultiScan Hazard Weather Detection System and an LCD head-down display (HDD). SE-Vision display and guidance concepts were shown on both the HUD and the HDD.

"SE-Vision provides a visualization solution for pilots who are required to fly in low visibility conditions and unfamiliar territory," says Tim Etherington, principal systems engineer at Rockwell Collins Advanced Technology Center.

"This technology can have a major impact on the success of special operations missions in the military, and provide promising opportunities for civil aviation as well."

"The combination of synthetic vision and sensor technologies will allow USAF mobility operations to operate independently of visibility with improved situation awareness and safety," says Guy French, SE-Vision Government Program Manager, AFRL.



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