In the quest for daylight flying, it's our 1st attempt at detecting the position of an aircraft using the SURF implementation in OpenCV. It's a long way from detecting something flying in a room with lots of background detail & even with a noise free background it has a hard time with accuracy. The single 3.7Ghz core does 8fps.
This is the algorithm used by every augmented reality app ever made. It was invented in 2006.
Another problem with aircraft tracking is it's a 3D object. All the demos of SURF show it tracking planar objects. It could probably track the Marcy 1 logo, but not the complete aircraft.
Noticed SURF doesn't have any transparency support, so it requires either a rectangular object to search for or no background detail.
Finally, we have some footage of what Marcy 1 looks like in the flying space. Handheld & wide angle gives new possibilities, if not good quality.