A new enhanced vision system developed for Dassault business jets is among a small field of four nominees for the 2016 Robert J. Collier Trophy. The award is presented annually “for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year.” Dassault’s FalconEye Combined Vision System, designed and built by Elbit Systems, is joined by the Blue Origin New Shepard reusable suborbital space tourism system, Boeing’s 737 MAX airliner and the U.S. Air Force 212th Rescue Squadron and 249th Airlift Squadron.
The FalconEye combines database-driven synthetic vision, thermal and low-light camera images into a single head-up display image. It was certified in the Falcon S/LXS in October and will soon be approved for the Falcon 8X. Boeing is now in certification flight testing for the MAX. It has an aircraft in Darwin, Australia, for the hot-weather testing of the aircraft, which is the latest iteration of Boeing’s most popular airliner. The 212th and 249th are based in Alaska and the 212th routinely perform risky complex pararescue operations and the 249th operates eight C-17s in rapid deployment of troops and rescue personnel. The winner will be announced March 14.