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Title: Use of airborne vehicles as research platforms
Authors: Gratton, GB
Keywords: Atmospheric science;Instrumentation;Research aircraft;Surveying
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Wiley
Citation: Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering, 2012
Abstract: The use of aircraft is often valuable to position airborne sensors or to conduct experiments in ways not possible purely on the ground. An airframe, typically an older one, must be selected then adapted to the role – likely to include inlets, windows, structural changes, power supply, computing and data recording capacity, and likely the provision of external hardpoints. Once the research vehicle is created, the instruments on board will require calibration, either in isolation or by intercomparison against already calibrated instruments on board another aircraft. This calibration process will continue throughout the life of the airplane. Additionally, an operating organization must be created and obtain any necessary organizational approvals. For some specialist applications, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) may also be used, which carry some special considerations of autonomy and interoperability, but similar concerns of instrument, vehicle, and operational integrity.
Description: This is the accepted version of the following chapter: Gratton, G. 2012. Use of Airborne Vehicles as Research Platforms. Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering, which has been published in final form at Copyright @ John Wiley & Sons 2012.
ISBN: 9780470686652
Appears in Collections:Aeronautics
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Dept of Design Research Papers

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