Passive millimeter wave sensor allows pilots to see through rain and fog

Feb. 13, 2020
The Vū Cube can see airfields through rain, clouds, and fog at a range of several miles, writes Dennis Scimeca for Vision Systems Design.

MORRISVILLE, N.C. - A new passive millimeter wave sensor called the Vū Cube, designed to enhance aircraft pilots’ vision, was unveiled at the 2019 National Business Aviation Association convention. The Vū Cube, developed by Vū Systems (Morrisville, NC, USA;, can see airfields through rain, clouds, and fog at a range of several miles, aiding pilots in lining up runway approaches during poor visibility conditions, writes Dennis Scimeca for Vision Systems Design. Continue reading original article

The Intelligent Aerospace take:

February 13, 2020 -“The resolution of the Vū Cube camera design is such that it resolves runways, taxiways, roads, and other features,” says Stedman Stevens, CEO of Vū Systems. “For example, you can easily see people and vehicles when close by, and at distances on approach see the runway and taxiways and in some cases the mechanical structures that hold the approach lighting systems in front of the runway.”

The Vū Cube weighs less than 30 pounds, measures 17.75 x 9.5 x 10 inches, and is mounted within an aircraft’s radome in order to have a clear forward view.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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