The adequate sensor suite consists of:
At any time of the mission, the moving map of the software provides full situational awareness regarding the area of concern. The mission data base as well as the automatic reporting system share all relevant information with the ground coordination centre or other mission aircraft. Furthermore, AeroMission is able to receive and process task orders.
The flight planning functionality of AeroMission allows for receiving flight plans from the ground coordination center. Another option is the creation of flight plans by the operator. AeroMission supports flight guidance by interfacing the Flight Management System (FMS).
The communication suite is tailored to the customers need and typically includes VHF/UHF tactical radios with encryption for voice and data link. In addition a wide-band SatCom is foreseen. For specific missions also a micro wave video down link can be added. AeroMission provides a communication relay.
The suitable sensor set-up includes:
At any time of the mission, the moving map provided by the mission software provides full situational awareness in order to find the ship in distress as soon as possible. The automatic reporting system shares all relevant information with the rescue centre on ground and is able to receive task orders.
In addition to the basic functionalities, the planning and execution of drop maneuvers (e.g. life rafts, droppable supplies) is supported by AeroMission.
The communication with the vessel in distress is realized by a VHF marine radio and a communication relay. For larger SAR operations, AeroMission can act as a flying command post in terms of Top Cover and On Scene Coordination functions.
Bubble windows for the observers and a drop hatch with a storage area for life rafts and other droppable supplies complete the cabin layout.
For SAR missions over land, a GSM locator can be added as additional sensor.
The sensor suite, stand-alone or integrated into the OctoPod, consists of:
For data processing, online during the mission as well as post-processing on ground, a specific software is used to detect and characterize the type of pollution and to differentiate between oil spills and e.g. algae.
In case an illegal oil spill is detected, e.g. released by a ship washing its tanks, AeroMission is able to provide all information (data, videos, images) relevant for preservation of evidence (time, latitude, longitude, etc.).
The adequate equipment consists of:
Besides the moving map, the mission software also provides a street address database in order to slave the EO/IR sensor or to get the street address corresponding to the EO/IR footprint.
An Iridium SatCom for voice and data realizes the communication. For specific missions also a microwave video down link can be added.
Helicopters mainly perform these missions and thus, weight optimization plays an important role. The AeroMission operator workstation and the equipment container for helicopters has been designed to meet this requirement. Depending on the size of the helicopter single or dual displays are integrated into the workstation.
For larger operations with several assets involved (e.g. other aircraft, helicopters, surface vessels), AeroMission can act as a flying command post in terms of Top Cover and On-Scene Coordination functions.
The capabilities for assistance to other aircraft or surface vessels in distress include: