Sentient Vision Systems has developed a wide-area persistent surveillance capability for manned and unmanned aircraft to see over long distances of open ocean.
The Visual Detection and Ranging (ViDAR) system is being demonstrated aboard the Boeing-Insitu ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle by the US Coast Guard (USCG) as the service is preparing to select an unmanned aircraft for operations from National Security Cutters.
On ScanEagle, there is a single ViDAR camera that provides a 180° field-of-view of the ocean. When it finds an object, it provides a thumbnail picture to the operator, Richard Glyn-Jones, director business development for Sentient Vision Systems, told Jane’s .
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