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27 Aug 15. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) is working closely with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) – Division Newport to enhance the features of the company’s AN/AQS-20A minehunting sonar. Together, the team is analyzing the system’s synthetic aperture sonar to fully optimize its ability to capture and process high- and low-resolution images of mine threats undersea.
“Extending our long history of collaboration with our NUWC neighbors, this project brings together our respective sonar experts to maximize the performance of a critical undersea warfare capability,” said Kevin Peppe, vice president of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems’ Seapower Capability Systems. “Our goal is to build on the system’s proven performance and further the advantage that AN/AQS-20A provides to the Navy to safely detect and effectively identify these undersea threats.”
Under a ‘work for private party’ contract funded by Raytheon, NUWC joins the ongoing initiatives of the AN/AQS-20A team which has been providing these systems to the U.S. Navy for more than 10 years. The system leverages advanced sonar technologies to support the Navy’s critical minehunting missions, ensuring safe access and passage for military and civilian vessels on the world’s oceans and waterways.
Enhancements provided by the synthetic aperture sonar include higher-quality imaging of objects found deep undersea to aid in the identification and classification of mines. Through a series of lab- and sea-based tests, the team will extensively evaluate and exercise the sonar’s features to optimize the quality of both high- and low-resolution imaging.
26 Aug 15. UAV LidarPod enables surveys in hostile regions. The Routescene LidarPod® will be at DSEI 2015. New to the market in 2014, this cutting edge technology has many applications in the defence market including surveillance mapping, object location such as mines and route surveys to assess suitability for roads and bridges. The LidarPod has been specifically designed for use on UAVs which enables surveys to be undertaken in hostile regions and hazardous conditions. This disruptive technology is revolutionising surveying because:
1) It makes the inaccessible accessible
Invaluable and the only safe way to survey dangerous and hostile environments where access is difficult such as areas of conflict or disaster zones. It avoids exposure of personnel to hazardous situations.
2) Where speed is of the essence
Fast data collection and analysis, perfect in situations where speed is of the essence and the outcomes are needed immediately, for instance, in reconnaissance or emergency response.
3) Remote locations
The only viable solution for remote locations or those with poor infrastructure where airborne (fixed wing) LiDAR is prohibitively expensive.
At Routescene our aim is to radically alter the surveying world, allowing surveys to take place that previously would have been cost or time prohibitive. The Routescene LidarPod was developed to save time, improve efficiencies and productivity. The LidarPod is a turnkey system which is lightweight, compact and quick to deploy in the field. It enables faster surveys and reduces data download time, ensuring users are working with resulting datasets within hours. It can be used on vehicles as well as UAVs, so is flexible to use in many different environments. Since launch, to ensure the product is accessible globally and to provide timely customer service, the company has appointed Imagemaps as a distributor in Australia and SE Asia, opened an office in Scandinavia, with further distributors to be announced over the coming months.
26 Aug 15. Cambridge Pixel (www.cambridgepixel.com), an award-winning developer of radar display and tracking subsystems, has unveiled its multi-channel Radar Data Recorder. This versatile and fully-featur