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 screw the modules together as needed with no preparation required. The system is designed to fit perfectly into the telemetric infrastructure.
Fast setup & easy to use
|Flexible performance - configurable for the specific application|
|Small and light weight, fits into the
|Outstanding performance with the
latest generation of imagers
|Clear assignment of image data to
other measurement values and events
|Time saving and explicitness at data
|Compatibility with popular equipment,
fits into existing infrastructure
|Always the correct amount of data.|
|Choice of FoVs for all FTI tasks, 8° to 95°|
|Choice of camera heads: Sony IMX 252 global shutter imager and Sony IMX 236 rolling shutter imager, very easy exchange of camera heads on-site|
|Choice of shapes – compact or remote|
|Choice of cable lengths (15 cm, 15 m)|
|Choice of power supply, 28V power supply or MIL STD 704 power supply or PoE|
|Choice of performance (see list right column)|
|Infinite flexibility with one single investment|
|Indoor & outdoor|
|Ruggedized and durable design|
|Long term availability + obsolescence management|
|Easy set-up, control, read-out|
|optical monitoring of wing icing|
|optical monitoring of wing distortion|
|optical monitoring of nose wheel steering|
optical monitoring of landing gear (up and down)
For installation outside the aircraft for helicopter test flights, Kappa has developed a special RTCA-DO-160-compliant aviation camera with two heads.
The control unit directs two cameras that are protected against icing and equipped with diverse lenses. Video signal is transmitted in SDI format (optically and electrically) with less than one image latency. Per H264 compression, the video data stream is stored on an SDHC card with an IRIG-B synchronized time stamp.
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.
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.
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.
Developing the Flight Eye portfolio new standards were set. Instrument protections against overheating and crash safety (ED 112) 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.
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.