FTI Camera Systems

Kappa is your experienced partner for qualified flight test cameras

Flight Eye Camera Program: The standards in all aviation applications.

Flight Eye Camera Program: The standard in all aviation applications.

Technical Data Matrix Aviation Cameras
  FE 320 Flight Eye SE 320 Space Eye FE 350 Flight Eye FE 250 Flight Eye FE 310 Flight Eye
Qualified

Fully qualified ED-112, ED-155, DO-178 DAL D, DO-254 DAL D, DO-160 ML

Additional NASA-qualified NASA Sounding Rocket Program

Fully qualified ED-112, ED-155, DO-178 DAL D, DO-254 DAL D, DO-160 ML

 

Fully qualified ED-112, ED-155,
DO-178 DAL D, DO-254 DAL D,
DO-160 ML

Fully qualified ED-112, ED-155,
DO-178 DAL D, DO-254 DAL D,
DO-160 ML

Environments

Indoor/Outdoor (IP 67)

Indoor/Outdoor/ Vacuum

Outdoor
(IP 67)

Outdoor
(IP 67)

Indoor

References /
Application
proof
FTI for fixedwing aircraft,
rotary-wing, UAV-platforms;
crash recording for light
aircraft, helicopters, UAVs,
VTOL
Space UAV: all altitudes (HALE,
MALE, tactical), VTOL, super
sonic harsh aerial vehicles
AAR, helicopter, commercial
aircraft, transport aircraft
Cockpit surveillance, cockpit
door, cabine and cargo
OS / Interfaces Embedded Linux,
IP Ethernet / FTP acces
Embedded Linux,
IP Ethernet / FTP acces
Embedded Linux,
IP Ethernet / FTP acces, INET-X
HD-SDI, SD-SDI, RS422/232 Embedded Linux,
IP Ethernet / FTP acces
Sensors CMOS, global shutter, IMX252
(1/1,8"), color
CMOS, global shutter, IMX252
(1/1,8"), color
CCD, global shutter, KAI02150
(2/3"), color
CCD, global shutter, KAI02150
(2/3"), color/mono
CMOS, rolling shutter, IMX236
(1/2,8"), color
Resolution up to Full HD 1080p60 up to Full HD 1080p60 1080p30, 720p30 1080p30, 1080p25 1080p30
Interface /
protocol
GeniCam, XML-fi les,
GigE Vision, SferiRec®
GeniCam, XML-fi les,
GigE Vision
GeniCam, XML-fi les,
GigE Vision, MPEG2TS
HD-SDI GeniCam, XML-fi les,
GigE Vision, MPEG2TS
Triggering

Hardware trigger
input and output,
external trigger/strobe out

 

Hardware trigger
input and output,
external trigger/strobe out

Hardware trigger
input and output

 

 

 

 

 

Hardware trigger
input and output

 

Time
synchronicity
PTP-time stamp at time of
frame acquisition
PTP-time stamp at time of
frame acquisition
PTP-time stamp at time of
frame acquisition, PTPv1,
PTPv2
PTP-time stamp at time of
frame acquisition, PTPv1,
PTPv2
Latency Glass-to-glass: < 200 ms Glass-to-glass: < 200 ms Glass-to-glass: < 250 ms Camera: < 10 ms Glass-to-glass: < 250 ms
Internal SD,
memory
loop recording loop recording
Compression Video compression H.264,
dual streaming available;
low bandwidth modes reducing
load on networks
Video compression H.264,
dual streaming available;
low bandwidth modes reducing
load on networks
Video compression H.264,
dual streaming available;
low bandwidth modes reducing
load on networks
Video compression H.264,
dual streaming available;
low bandwidth modes reducing
load on networks
Bandwith Adjustable bandwidths
100 kB/s to 16 MB/s,
streaming / multi-streaming
Adjustable bandwidths
100 kB/s to 16 MB/s,
streaming / multi-streaming
Adjustable bandwidths
200 kB/s to 8 MB/s
HD-SDI Adjustable bandwidths
200 kB/s to 8 MB/s
Frames
per second
1080p60 (60 Fps),
720p120 (120 Fps),
360p200 (200 Fps)
1080p60 (60 Fps),
720p120 (120 Fps),
360p200 (200 Fps)
up to 30 Fps 30 Fps, 25 Fps up to 30 Fps
Housing Compact / remote head
with distance up to 10 m
Compact / remote head
with distance up to 10 m
ø 60 mm ø 60 mm Small and lightweight, fi ts into
even the tightest spaces, various
shapes for seamless integration
Power supply 9-36 V, optional MIL STD 704
(external)
9-36 V, optional MIL STD 704
(external)
Built-in MIL-STD 704,
power peak and power gap
protection, 250 ms power gap
Built-in MIL-STD 704,
power peak and power gap
protection, 250 ms power gap
PoE
Heater Optional Optional Built-in Built-in
Specials Modular concept, multiple
heads, remote heads
NASA-tested ME40280
environmental test
Configurable measuring
window to adjust to dynamic
scenes, highest iris values f/1.2,
sapphire glass
Sapphire glass Wide viewing angle,
FoV up to 130°

 

FTI cameras for all flight test tasks (overview drawing)

FTI cameras for all flight test tasks

The standard in all aviation applications

Certifiable rugged design
FULL HD, CMOS performance
Ethernet IP & H.264 compression
PTP time stamp
SWAP-C optimized
ITAR free
COTS product line

 

flight test cameras (FTI) Airbus

Aircraft Control

optical monitoring of wing icing 
optical monitoring of wing distortion 
optical monitoring of nose wheel steering

optical monitoring of landing gear (up and down)

Latest flight test camera, FE 320: expandable all-in-one design

FTI Camera, FE 320 with compact housing or remote distance up to 10m

FTI Camera, FE 320 with compact housing or remote distance up to 10m

The FE 320 Flight Test Camera Kit has been developed in close cooperation with our major OEM flight test client Airbus. So we could totally focus on the specific FT requirements and tasks from the beginning. The result is a very easy-to-use modular system for maximum flexibility on-site: just plug the modules together as needed with no preparation required. The system is designed to fit perfectly into the telemetric infrastructure.

 

Test aircraft: fully loaded with test instruments

Test flight aircraft are equipped beyond the normal model version with test equipment. Among these are sensors of all kinds, data recording devices, telemetry equipment and many more. They should provide verification of the performance of various system components and of flight safety. But further
development of aircraft or of individual systems, the definition of simulation data, the examination of incidents and the calibration of systems also belong to the spectrum of tasks of the flight test instrumentation (FTI) as well. The pilots, too, fall under complex test pilot licensing requirements.

 

Kappa entered the sector via its relationships with aircraft manufacturers.

Here, cameras with Kappa’s typical “Rugged Quality” and their remarkable disruption resistance in the face of any environmental conditions (cold, pressure, etc.) score high marks for their higher-than-average image performance with latency-free images. In the area of flight test instrumentation, collaboration occurs in cooperation with specialists in data recording as well as directly with Tier 1 aircraft manufacturers.

Since 2004: Long-standing experience in the area of FTI.

Kappa’s flight test cameras have been in use, both inside and outside aircraft, since 2004. They are installed in aircrafts, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). To be approved, these aircraft must undergo various tests: environmental tests, noise tests, performance tests, and more. Cameras are used, for example, to monitor wing flap function in all adverse weather conditions, or when retrofi tting with sharklets, to monitor wind current behaviors in the wind tunnel. The cameras are technically first-rate; with Ethernet interface and real-time image compression inside the camera, they deliver streams for telemetric applications as well as data for onboard recording.

 

Kappa Flight Eye: A specific portfolio of flight test cameras for all flight test applications.

Developing the Flight Eye portfolio new standards were set. Instrument protections against overheating and crash safety (ED 112, ED 155) were the next development goals. Cameras’ dimensions were further reduced, making them simpler and more versatile in their integration into flight vehicles. One important aspect in all developments is system compatibility. All flight test data are recorded or transmitted. Interfaces and data volume are aligned with recording capacities. The tendency to condense components more and more in the future into one system or one sensor is clear. In the area of telemetry, new qualities are expected as well. For all of these developments, Kappa sees itself well positioned as a technology supplier that thrives on innovation.

Low Latency, Flight Eye Cameras

G2G  (Glass-to-Glass) Latency is measured to 360 ms in a 1080P30 usecase. Taking buffering for smooth display, transmission, h.264 decoding and displaying at the target device into account, the camera latency is calculated and measured to be < 180ms (see below download latency report).

 

Project management with IPMA standards

Project management
IPMA standards

Well positioned in project management, Kappa works in accordance with the standards of the IPMA (International Project Management Association) in project management. To standardize project management in the aerospace industry within the GPM (German Project Management Society e.V.) Kappa is a member of several professional standards committees.

More about project management

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