The VR system will help helicopters land safely on the deck of an aircraft carrier in difficult weather conditions. The development of scientists from the Munich Technical University is described at Aviation Week.
Deck helicopters often have to carry out combat and reconnaissance missions in difficult weather conditions. When landing back on deck, pilots have a lot of difficulties: with strong winds and waves, the pitching can be strong and unpredictable, which can lead to damage to the ship or aircraft if the landing is unsuccessful.
To solve this problem, the researchers created a virtual reality system that will give the pilot “comprehensive information” for a safe landing.
The system consists of an external module onboard the helicopter, which is connected to thermal imaging and optoelectronic cameras, as well as to the helmet-mounted pilot display. When the aircraft approaches the ship, the system forms an image based on data from sensors and cameras and displays it on the display installed in the pilot’s helmet.
The VR system automatically calculates the speed of the helicopter and its position relative to the deck – this allows you to accurately calculate the landing path and change it in real-time if necessary.
Now the system is being tested on a deck helicopter simulator. When it will be implemented in existing aircraft, it is not specified.