SpectroScan 3D in SPIE Conference – May 1st, 2012  Posted: 6/23/2013
Laser Radar Technology and Applications XVII Baltimore, Maryland, USA | April 23, 2012


Future robots and autonomous vehicles require compact low-cost Laser Detection and Ranging (LADAR) systems for autonomous navigation. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) had recently demonstrated a brass-board short-range eye-safe MEMS scanning LADAR system for robotic applications. Boeing Spectrolab is doing a tech-transfer (CRADA) of this system and has built a compact MEMS scanning LADAR system with additional improvements in receiver sensitivity, laser system, and data processing system. Improved system sensitivity, low-cost, miniaturization, and low power consumption are the main goals for the commercialization of this LADAR system.

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Low Cost Scanning LiDAR Imager  Posted: 4/4/2013
Shows promise for autonomous vehicle mapping applications


Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) systems, in various forms, have become an essential part of autonomous navigation of automobiles and unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs). Many LiDAR systems have been tested in various robotic platforms and UGVs which demonstrated mostly obstacle avoidance capabilities.
In addition to obstacle avoidance capabilities 3D perception is essential to many mobile robotic systems, as robots are increasingly required to operate in harsh environments and interact safely and effectively with humans, other vehicles, and their environment. Furthermore, in many applications besides locating the obstacles, identification and classification of objects is important for> situational planning.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., March 8, 2010  Posted: 7/20/2012
The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced it has begun offering a new, compact, energy-efficient camera that provides three-dimensional images for military and commercial applications.


Boeing Directed Energy Systems and wholly owned Boeing subsidiary Spectrolab have jointly developed the camera using their own research and development funding, and successfully tested it over the past two years by attaching it to mobile ground platforms and a Boeing AH-6 Little Bird helicopter. Equipped with advanced sensors that were developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratory and transferred to Boeing under a teaming arrangement, the cube-shaped camera is one-third the size and uses one-tenth the power of most comparable 3-D imaging cameras.

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