Experiments on an aircraft flight parameter detection by on-skin sensors

Sergio Callegari, Michele Zagnoni, A. Golfarelli, M. Tartagni, A. Talamelli, P. Proli, A. Rossetti

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Air speed and flight attitude angles are fundamental parameters for manual of automatic control of flying bodies. Conventional measurement methods rely on probes (e.g. Pitot tubes or vanes) having a one-to-one correspondence with the physical quantities of interest and requiring specific placements. Here, a novel measurement approach is proposed, relying on indirect measurement and on a plurality of pressure readings made by thin capacitive sensors directly placed on the aircraft skin. A redundant number of probes relaxes the accuracy requirements posed on the individual units and helps achieving fault detection or fault tolerance. A strategy for efficiently processing/combining sensor data is herein presented together with an error propagation analysis, and experimental data.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-165
Number of pages11
JournalSensors and Actuators A: Physical
Early online date18 Jan 2006
Publication statusPublished - 14 Aug 2006
EventTransducers '05- The 13th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 5 Jun 20059 Jun 2005


  • aeronautical measurement system
  • flight attitude
  • capacitive sensor
  • sensor array
  • aircraft skin
  • indirect measurement


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