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May 11, 2020 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Augmented reality facilitates helicopter landings on ships
Landing a helicopter in poor visibility on a strongly fluctuating ship is a great challenge even for experienced pilots. Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed an assistance system that displays important information directly in the visor of the pilot's helmet. The system thus enables a precise landing approach in extreme weather conditions.

The helmet displays information on the flight attitude and important helicopter parameters. The software can also automatically detect the ship’s deck via image data and then visualizes the ideal approach, which is displayed in a kind of 3D glideslope. "If there is no outside view due to bad weather, the pilot can slide down the space-stable virtual slide to land safely," explains Mehling.

Test pilots with naval experience from the Bundeswehr and industry have already tested the system and found it to be good. In a further step, the pilot assistance system is to be tested by helicopter pilots from all areas. The results should help to further optimize the system.

More information: tim.mehling@tum.de

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