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Mercury Computer Selected for Zero-Visibility Landing System

Photonics Spectra
Nov 2007
Mercury Computer Systems Inc. of Chelmsford, Mass., has been selected by BAE Systems of Rockville, Md., to provide a synthetic vision display to land helicopters in rotorcraftbrownout conditions. It is the second contract awarded to the company to provide the VistaNav synthetic vision technology to help pilots safely land a helicopter even when dust clouds result in zero-visibility conditions. The system will generate a 3-D terrain map drawn from databases and from sensor readings.


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The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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