AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - A new 360-degree camera system was tested successfully during its first flight on the Bell V-280 Valor, a military aircraft built in Amarillo.
Lockheed Martin’s Pilotage Distributed Aperture Sensor system took flight for the first time aboard the V-280 Valor.
The new system captured complete spherical infrared imagery while aboard Bell’s next-generation tiltrotor aircraft. The 360-degree system captures high-resolution imagery around the aircraft to improve situational awareness for pilots and others.
“Conducting PDAS flight tests on the V-280 is an exciting first step toward delivering a level of situational awareness unavailable on today’s Army rotorcraft,” said Rita Flahert, strategy and business development vice president at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.
Engineers were able to show PDAS’s ability to provide coverage to multiple independent displays when it was tested in March over Fort Worth.
The system will ultimately support up to six users, which could include pilots in other aircraft as well as mission commanders on the ground.