A First-Person View System for Remotely Operated Vehicles Using a Fisheye-Lens

Phillip Marine, Osamah Rawashdeh
2010 AIAA Infotech@Aerospace 2010   unpublished
The goal of this project is to create a low-cost remote vision system for use in unmanned aircraft that provide a first person view (FPV) to vehicle operators in real-time. The system uses a wide-angle (fisheye) lens and a video camera setup that is fixed on the vehicle and captures the full viewing area as seen from the cockpit in each frame. Video is transmitted to a ground station wirelessly. On the ground, the pilot is outfitted with virtual reality goggles with integrated attitude and
more » ... d attitude and heading sensors. The received video is recertified and cropped by the ground station to provide the goggles with the appropriate view based on head orientation. This system does not require a remotely controllable pan-and-tilt camera on the vehicle as traditional approaches do. This results in less weight, reduced video lag, lower power consumption, and reduced drag on the airborne vehicle in addition to requiring only a unidirectional downlink. The video processing is preformed on the ground, further reducing computational resources requirement and bandwidth requirements. The system was successfully implemented and tested using an R/C airplane.
doi:10.2514/6.2010-3513 fatcat:dhuok2d5ijajrfljfhaoepo2ve