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Aircraft Quality Assurance Using Close-Range Photogrammetry
Author(s): G. L. Danielson
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Paper Abstract

We, at General Dynamics, are convinced that close-range industrial photogrammetry will play an increasingly important role as a basic metrology tool in support of airframe design, manufacture and quality control. A breakthrough in the use of software enabled us to gain initial success in the application of photogrammetry in the area of wind tunnel testing, then move to full-scale aircraft inspection and aircraft structural calibration. These successful applications have led to implementation of photogrammetry as the preferred method of periodic inspection on numerous planar type assembly tools. We are currently extending this technology to the more geometrically complex tools under an Air Force Material Laboratory Contract. In the future, we hope to go into such areas as aircraft control surface position, stereo-photogrammetry to eliminate the use of targets on locators, detail parts inspection, and structural testing, including proof load and deflection data, airworthiness of aircraft and service life.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 May 1980
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0220, Optics in Metrology and Quality Assurance, (28 May 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.958584
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G. L. Danielson, General Dynamics Corporation (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0220:
Optics in Metrology and Quality Assurance
Harvey L. Kasdan, Editor(s)

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