Vision-Based Navigation

Autonomous Systems for Enhanced Effectiveness

In austere and challenging environments, navigation failure is often caused by visual occlusion. Obstacles due to terrain, weather, and combat can be difficult to predict, and even more difficult to subvert. Visual-based autonomous navigation helps solve this problem.

At Scientific Systems, our vision-based navigation software enhances awareness and decision-making from the commander to the warfighter. Our technology is scalable, adaptive and dynamic, whether implementing multi-domain teaming or UAV tactical effects. Explore our vision-based navigation solutions below.

Vision-Based Navigation for Non-GPS Environments

Vision-based navigation is a reliable method to maneuver complicated environments with ease. But there are still large gaps when it comes to autonomous navigation in areas where GPS is denied. At Scientific Systems, engineers create navigation systems specifically for non-GPS areas, enabling UAVs to protect and enhance warfighter effectiveness even when satellite-based information is unavailable.

We develop and implement vision-based navigation systems, including visual location and mapping, and obstacle avoidance. Our ImageNav product develops advanced algorithms to allow UAVs to operate without GPS guidance. ImageNav is powering the next generation of smart weapons by delivering unparalleled precision and reliability. Regardless of your needs, our operationally-tested solutions ensure commander’s intent even without GPS functionality.

Vision-Based Navigation for Shipboard Landing Applications

Operations at sea rely on UAVs having the ability to land with precision. But landing aboard ship decks can be a constant challenge, especially when currents and tides are unpredictable. Fusing insight with technology, we create vision-based products to help estimate trajectory, enabling UAVs to land safely and efficiently.

Our Oases™ for Shipboard Landing (OASES-SL) product helps accomplish vision-based landing. Oases is an optically-based shipboard landing aid for larger ship-based unmanned aerial systems. With Oases, UAVs can analyze deck area and predict ship motion to ensure safe landings and mission success.

Sense & Avoid Navigation (SAA)

Airborne collisions are a critical risk to lives, and to mission outcomes. Fortunately, vision-based navigation offers a highly effective solution. Our Sense and Avoid Navigation (SAA) software helps quantify safety by evaluating risk, leading to enhanced navigation for UAVs when every second counts.

Our Oases product gathers environmental information and analyzes it in near real-time to ensure that aircrafts avoid objects such as trees and buildings. With Oases, teams can navigate within harsh surroundings while reducing manning requirements and improving safety.

Contact the Scientific Systems Team

Learn how vision-based navigation can enhance awareness and decision-making from the commander to the warfighter. Contact a member of the Scientific Systems team for more information.