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Airbus Helicopters’ Project EAGLE takes off

18th December 2017 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Airbus Helicopters has validated its Eye for Autonomous Guidance and Landing Extension (EAGLE) on-board image processing system, the company announced on 14 December.

A trial flight on an H225 flying testbed demonstrated the system’s ability to select a small ground target from ranges of up to two miles and to automatically track it during the pilot’s approach.

The flight tests also validated the architecture and main components of EAGLE, such as the gyrostabilised optronics package and the processing unit.

The next step of the testing campaign will focus on coupling EAGLE with the automatic flight control system to fully automate the approach to a selected landing area.

Project EAGLE aims to federate the entire helicopter’s image processing functions and feed them into the avionics system. The goal is to improve crew situational awareness and reduce the pilot’s workload by automating and securing approaches, take-off, and landing in demanding environments.

The system is intended to be integrated on a variety of existing and future Airbus Helicopters aircraft.

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