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Virtual Eyes Provided Through Imagery, Radar, and Geolocation

Some products tie together multiple space-based technologies, combining them for use in the aviation industry. Hardware and software products, such as 3D-Pilot developed by avionTek, are designed to give pilots situational awareness while flying and landing in low visibility conditions and bad weather.

SEquipment such as 3D-Pilot combines a wide array of satellite services such as: positioning, navigation, and timing; imagery; radar; and communications. Pilots rely on these systems for up-to-date information, allowing them to land safely in low visibility environments. Credit: avionTekome products tie together multiple space-based technologies, combining them for use in the aviation industry. Hardware and software products, such as 3D-Pilot developed by avionTek, are designed to give pilots situational awareness while flying and landing in low visibility conditions and bad weather. Most accidents occur when pilots lose orientation while flying in low visibility conditions over poorly equipped airfields. With 30,000 such airports worldwide, products such as 3D-Pilot are being developed and sold to make the odds more favorable to landing safely. The products combine satellite signals from European Galileo, EGNOS, and U.S. WAAS navigation and positioning systems; surface elevation data from synthetic aperture radar satellites; satellite imagery; and satellite telephone communications. All of this information is constantly updated in a database and displayed in a visualization on hardware installed in the aircraft. In low visibility situations, pilots can develop flight profiles based on the visualized information and keep the aircraft properly oriented during flight. The system helps pilots while complying with visual and instrument flight rules, providing an up-to-date and reliable second set of virtual eyes during challenging conditions, allowing a pilot to land an aircraft safely.1

  1. Klaus Metzger. “avionTek GmbH.” ESA. http://www.esa-bic.de/index.php?anzeige=aviontek.html. (accessed November 14, 2014)