Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Aerospace, Physics, and Space Sciences
Currently, there are a couple of options to gather stick force data from flight test aircraft. Either the aircraft is instrumented with costly piezoelectric force sensors and recorders integrated into the aircraft stick, or the test pilot must use a traditional analog stick force gauge with a pointer and telltale. The conventional stick force gauge works well when the pilot has the mental and physical bandwidth to read and remember, or record, the stick force values throughout the maneuver but does not suffice when in a task saturated, high g force maneuver such as the windup turn. This project proposes and evaluates a cost-effective automated recording system to collect stick force data using a camera and post-flight video processing algorithms.
James, Michael William, "Computer Vision of Analog Gauges as an Alternative to Digital Flight Test Instrumentation" (2022). Theses and Dissertations. 1332.