A prototype system designed to detect improvised explosive devices (IED) in day and night, from high altitude was successfully flight tested byAeronautical Systems, Inc.,. In addition to its primary IED detection capability, the system also provides wide-area 3D relief terrain mapping supporting intelligence gathering and mission planning.
GA-ASI plans to conduct a series of additional flight tests under both daylight and nighttime conditions to validate the effectiveness of the Nightlighter platform further. In the recent test the system was demonstrated on a Twin Otter aircraft, during the Olympus Flight Test sponsored by the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) at China Lake, Calif. GA-ASI is currently developing a program to deploy the system on King Air 350 aircraft.
Under development since 2010, Nightlighter is a high-altitude airborne imaging system designed to detect Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and other implanted devices along roads and other routes of travel. The system uses both standard cameras for operation in daylight and advanced night imaging technology to collect imagery under darkness.