Aerospace

Wind measurement satellite with custom CCD lifts off

The European Space Agency’s Aeolus satellite containing a powerful UV laser and custom CCD detector for measuring wind speed has been launched into space yesterday. It will provide detailed profiles of the Earth's winds to improve weather forecasts

Scanning the skies

Andrew Williams finds that 3D scanning systems that can pinpoint dents and imperfections on aircraft body panels are being welcomed by aviation businesses to replace manual inspection

Is flexibility the key to a smart future?

The challenges of either building a full system or integrating machine vision on the factory floor are numerous. How is it best to work around legacy systems, in constrained spaces, and feed accurate information back to computers to guide automated robots? Rob Ashwell investigates

Flight tracking

Greg Blackman on the vision equipment used in manufacturing and testing aerospace components, including the systems generating image data in wind tunnel experiments

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