reduced visibility could prove to be
a limitation of the imaging technol-
ogy, Kinzer points out. “One of the
shortcomings, of course, of imaging
devices is getting through weather.
Fog and rain and snow are going to
interfere with both infrared and elec-
tro-optics. The question is what kind
of capability can we have using those
systems in different kinds of weather?
That’s one of the big questions for us
in the testing that we’re doing.”
It still is too early in the research stage
for scientists to come to any conclu-
sions as to whether the sensor technol-
ogy might serve as a feasible alterna-
tive to GPS and radar, Singh says. The
company built a 16-by-16-foot mock
ship that moves exactly as a floating ship
would and can simulate the pitches, rolls
and heaves of ship flight decks.
For use across the military services, DARPA is funding development of technology to aid helicopter
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with a red headlamp as he works at a 105 mm howitzer firing point Dec. 10, 2014,
at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Paratroopers use the dark, Arctic
conditions to gain proficiency in operating in austere environments.
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