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  • USAAMCOM TR 03-D-49

    U.S. ARMY AVIATION AND MISSILE COMMAND, RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT & ENGINEERING CENTER TITLE: Laser Obstacle Detection System Flight Testing AUTHOR: Timothy Davis and Louis Centolanza COMPANY NAME: Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD) Platform Technology Division COMPANY ADDRESS: 401 Lee Boulevard Fort Eustis, VA 23604-5577 DATE (MONTH YEAR): September 2003 FINAL REPORT

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    REPORT DOCUMENTATION PAGE Form Approved OMB No. 0704-0188 Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 1 hour per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing this collection of information. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden to Department of Defense, Washington Headquarters Services, Directorate for Information Operations and Reports (0704-0188), 1215 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 1204, Arlington, VA 22202- 4302. Respondents should be aware that notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if it does not display a currently valid OMB control number. PLEASE DO NOT RETURN YOUR FORM TO THE ABOVE ADDRESS. 1. REPORT DATE (DD-MM-YYYY) 24-09-2003

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    4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Laser Obstacle Detection System Flight Testing 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6. AUTHOR(S) Timothy Davis

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    Louis Centolanza 5e. TASK NUMBER

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    7. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION NAME(S) AND ADDRESS(ES) U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD) ATTN: AMSRD-AMR-AA-F Building 401 Lee Boulevard Fort Eustis, VA 23604-5577

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    14. ABSTRACT The USSOCOM Mission Needs Statement (MNS) and Joint Operational Requirements Document (JORDS) on a Cable Warning / Obstacle Avoidance System define the need for an obstacle detection sensor for US Military helicopters. The Helicopter Laser Radar System (HELLAS) was developed in Germany by EADS-Dornier. The Laser Obstacle Detection System (LODS) Foreign Comparative Test (FCT) program began in March 2002 with the objective of evaluating the HELLAS on a US Army helicopter. The managing agency of the LODS-FCT is the US Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD). The Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD) was contracted to mount the HELLAS sensor on the nose of a UH-60L Blackhawk helicopter and to conduct flight tests to evaluate the HELLAS obstacle detection sensor. The UH-60L aircraft chosen as the host platform was Tail Number 468.

    15. SUBJECT TERMS LODS, Obstacle Detection, Obstacle Avoidance, Cable Warning

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  • AMSRD-AMR-AA-F 23 September 2003

    LODS Flight Testing Final Report Engineer: Timothy Davis and Louis Centolanza

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    TABLE OF FIGURES ................................................................................................................... iv TABLE OF TABLES ..................................................................................................................... iv ENCLOSURES................................................................................................................................ v REFERENCES ................................................................................................................................ v

    1. INTRODUCTION........................................................................................................................... 6 2. AIRCRAFT MODIFICATION ..................................................................................................... 9 3. INSTRUMENTATION................................................................................................................... 9 4. COCKPIT ...................................................................................................................................... 10 5. FLIGHT TEST PLAN .................................................................................................................. 10 6. FLIGHT TEST NUMBERING.................................................................................................... 11 7. FLIGHT TEST AREAS................................................................................................................ 12 8. ADDITIONAL TESTING ............................................................................................................ 16 9. ISSUES/CONCERNS/PROBLEMS............................................................................................ 19 10. TEST PILOT COMMENTS ........................................................................................................ 21 11. POINT OF CONTACT................................................................................................................. 21

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  • AMSRD-AMR-AA-F 23 September 2003

    LODS Flight Testing Final Report Engineer: Timothy Davis and Louis Centolanza

    TABLE OF FIGURES FIGURE 1: UH-60 BLACKHAWK WITH MOUNTED HELLAS OBSTACLE DETECTION SENSOR ................. 7 FIGURE 2: HELLAS OBSTACLE DETECTION SENSOR.............................................................................. 8 FIGURE 3: UH-60 CABIN FLOOR PLAN FOR LODS................................................................................ 10 FIGURE 4: JAMES RIVER BRIDGE (WIRE SET #1) ................................................................................... 12 FIGURE 5: (WIRE SET #2) ...................................................................................................................... 12 FIGURE 6: (WIRE SET #3) ...................................................................................................................... 13 FIGURE 7: POLE IN OPEN FIELD (WIRE SET #4) ..................................................................................... 13 FIGURE 8: (WIRE SET #5) ................................................................