In this presentation, we will provide a brief business history of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and the main electronics development areas at the CNS/ATM business unit. Furthermore, we will introduce the challenges faced by aircraft pilots in Degraded Visual Environments, and the most current solutions under development at SNC to augment human natural vision with fused sensory input, the approach that makes safe operations in DVE possible. Moreover, we will describe current technological challenges that involve Computational Geometry, Sensor Fusion and Embedded Digital Signal Processing, which all need to be solved before the product can undergo operational testing. Additionally, the presentation aims to illustrate the software development environment and constraints prescribed by the FAA certification process required for avionics development.
Matt Wagner is the Director of Technology for the Communications, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) business area of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), in Sparks NV. He holds a MSEE degree in Image Processing and Digital Signal Processing. During the past 20 years at SNC, his main technical areas have been design, systems engineering and program management of DOD Radar based programs including Helicopter Autonomous Landing System (HALS), Sandblaster, AN/SPN-46 Automatic Carrier Landing System (ACLS), AN/APN-245 ACLS Beacon system, AN/SPN-35C Precision Approach Radar and CP-2358 Radar Doppler Video Processor.
Csaba Mezei is a Principal Systems Engineer at the Communications, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) business area of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), in Sparks NV. He holds a MSEE degree in Process Control and Measurement Technology, and did his Ph.D. research in Robotics. During the past 17 years at the ‘Skunk Works’ division of SNC, his main technical areas of focused product development for avionics applications: automated landing systems for UAVs and manned aircraft, radar transceiver and pedestal control, networked data communications in military radar systems, and landing guidance for Electronic Flight Vision Systems. His other primary functions include supporting software process improvement for corporate CMMI and DO-178C certification, as well as mentoring junior engineers.
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