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Flight Test Log 14

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Summary
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This was the first flight test of the dual camera system. The two cameras are
side looking, with vertically-adjacent fields of view. There is a slight
overlap between upper and lower images.

We also got more experience flying the SVC with the mid and aft fuselage
removed.

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   Test_ID:  44
      Date:  2006/04/07 (Fri)
      Time:  18:17
      Wind:  Light breeze
   Vehicle:  SVC
     Scale:  41 %
      Mass:  426 g
  Location:  PCC-West

Flight duration was 209 s (3.48 min). Control was manual.

This was the first flight of our dual camera system. The camera pair provides
roughly the equivalent of an image with a larger vertical field of view (VFOV)
compared to a single camera. The theory is that a larger VFOV makes it easier
to get desired images from a vehicle with a highly variable roll angle, as is
typical of airplanes.


The cameras are shown below:




Shown below is an image of a test building with
the IARC symbol attached. The image is from one
of the two cameras:




Manually-extracted stereo pair of opposite sides of buildings (left/right
reversed):




We also got more experience flying the SVC with the
mid and aft fuselage removed (on purpose this time!).
Removing the panels made it easier to get access to
internal equipment. The airplane actually flew quite
well in this configuration:






Our ground crew (L to R) -- Bryan, Jagoda, Gerardo (Jagoda is holding a can
antenna connected to one of our 2.4 GHz video receivers):



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Last updated 2006/4/19 FLM