Airborne Technologies has eliminated one of the recurring problems in airborne surveillance. The impaired downward visibility due to the fixed landing gear of an aircraft is a problem of the past.
That’s because the company has developed a series of different camera lifts for EO/IR sensors for fixed-wing aircraft as well as helicopters, to enable an unobstructed 360° view.
A moveable lifting system – mounted on the LH-side of an AW109 – embedded in a complete Airborne LINX solution, is already on duty with the Swiss Air-Rescue Organisation REGA.
One might think that the AW109 – with its retractable landing gear – has no problems in terms of visibility. However, the demanding SAR operations in high mountain regions require the usage of mud or snow pads year-round. Using a conventional solution would impair the view considerably.
Optimally Tailored Solution
The moveable lifting device, mounted on the LH-side of the helicopter, was optimally tailored to REGA’s special operations and offers the crew an unobstructed 360° view in its extended position.
Both the external camera lift and the leading-edge operator workstation support the crew optimally and increase the situational awareness of the operator significantly.
Real-time information is displayed on two large 21” monitors, which support split-screen functions, infrared imagery and moving map information simultaneously.
Additionally, these advanced features are controllable via an easy-to-use-touchscreen. Since endurance and payload are always crucial facts, most of the components used for the lifting system and the workstation are made of carbon fibre and are particularly lightweight.
The core element and user interface of Airborne LINX is the Mission Management Unit (MMU), a simple-to-use touch screen, designed for intuitive operation. The overriding aim of the system is to ease the information flow – just keep it simple – allowing the operator to concentrate on the essential tasks.
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