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ViDAR for AMSA Challenger 604s

written by australianaviation.com.au | December 2, 2015

Cobham will operate three Challenger 604s for the AMSA SAR contract.Prime contractor Cobham Aviation Services has selected Sentient’s Kestrel Maritime ViDAR (Visual Detection and Ranging) system for fitment to the four Challenger 604 search-and-rescue aircraft it will operate for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, giving the aircraft an “unprecedented” ability to visually detect and track objects and people in the water.

All four Challengers will mount three fixed ViDAR sensors and an integrated processing system to cue the primary MX-15 sensor to detected objects.

“The real benefit we see in ViDAR is the ability to maintain a consistent quality visual search that has the same probability of detection in the first hour through to the last hour of an eight-hour mission,” Cobham business development director Anthony Patterson said in a statement.

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“Visual searching with the human eye is very fatiguing and diminishes over time as crew fatigue. This is the first product that offers the potential to offset the human fatigue factor for search-and-rescue operations, and we are very excited about the benefits.”

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ViDAR for AMSA Challenger 604s Comment

  • ColZarg

    says:

    “Search” I understand, but do these aircraft have a “rescue” function as in droppable liferafts and supplies? Also, what is their range/endurance compared to the now redundant Dorniers?

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ViDAR for AMSA Challenger 604s

written by australianaviation.com.au | December 2, 2015

Cobham will operate three Challenger 604s for the AMSA SAR contract.Prime contractor Cobham Aviation Services has selected Sentient’s Kestrel Maritime ViDAR (Visual Detection and Ranging) system for fitment to the four Challenger 604 search-and-rescue aircraft it will operate for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, giving the aircraft an “unprecedented” ability to visually detect and track objects and people in the water.

All four Challengers will mount three fixed ViDAR sensors and an integrated processing system to cue the primary MX-15 sensor to detected objects.

“The real benefit we see in ViDAR is the ability to maintain a consistent quality visual search that has the same probability of detection in the first hour through to the last hour of an eight-hour mission,” Cobham business development director Anthony Patterson said in a statement.

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“Visual searching with the human eye is very fatiguing and diminishes over time as crew fatigue. This is the first product that offers the potential to offset the human fatigue factor for search-and-rescue operations, and we are very excited about the benefits.”

Steer your own in-flight experience – available on print and digital Whether our classic glossy magazine in your letterbox, daily news updates in your inbox, peeling back a few layers in the podcast or our monthly current affair reports, you can count on us to keep you up to date. Sign up today for just $99.95 for more exclusive offers here. Subscribe now at australianaviation.com.au.

ViDAR for AMSA Challenger 604s Comment

  • ColZarg

    says:

    “Search” I understand, but do these aircraft have a “rescue” function as in droppable liferafts and supplies? Also, what is their range/endurance compared to the now redundant Dorniers?

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ViDAR for AMSA Challenger 604s

written by australianaviation.com.au | December 2, 2015

Cobham will operate three Challenger 604s for the AMSA SAR contract.Prime contractor Cobham Aviation Services has selected Sentient’s Kestrel Maritime ViDAR (Visual Detection and Ranging) system for fitment to the four Challenger 604 search-and-rescue aircraft it will operate for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, giving the aircraft an “unprecedented” ability to visually detect and track objects and people in the water.

All four Challengers will mount three fixed ViDAR sensors and an integrated processing system to cue the primary MX-15 sensor to detected objects.

“The real benefit we see in ViDAR is the ability to maintain a consistent quality visual search that has the same probability of detection in the first hour through to the last hour of an eight-hour mission,” Cobham business development director Anthony Patterson said in a statement.

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“Visual searching with the human eye is very fatiguing and diminishes over time as crew fatigue. This is the first product that offers the potential to offset the human fatigue factor for search-and-rescue operations, and we are very excited about the benefits.”

Steer your own in-flight experience – available on print and digital Whether our classic glossy magazine in your letterbox, daily news updates in your inbox, peeling back a few layers in the podcast or our monthly current affair reports, you can count on us to keep you up to date. Sign up today for just $99.95 for more exclusive offers here. Subscribe now at australianaviation.com.au.

ViDAR for AMSA Challenger 604s Comment

  • ColZarg

    says:

    “Search” I understand, but do these aircraft have a “rescue” function as in droppable liferafts and supplies? Also, what is their range/endurance compared to the now redundant Dorniers?

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