Range Digitization Support for the Flight Sciences Branch

Report No. ARL-TR-7877
Authors: Charith R Ranawake
Date/Pages: November 2016; 30 pages
Abstract: Several manual processes were digitized to optimize tasks performed by the Flight Sciences Branch (FSB) at the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL). These include gathering shot images from the free-flight spark range, analyzing downrange yaw-station images, analyzing shotgun targets, and viewing reports in the FSB Digital Library Database (Aerobase).The first project further progressed the automation of FSB's 2 free-flight spark ranges by enhancing ARL's software to allow the integration of digital cameras, which will eventually replace the laborious manual collection, development, and analysis of individual pieces of film after each shot. (Digital cameras will allow the researcher to acquire data from shots in a matter of minutes as opposed to hours.) The next project was a mechanism to collect and analyze measurements from downrange yaw images containing 2 projectiles. The third project, analysis of targets impacted by a shotgun shell, involved writing a user interface to compile data from the multiple impact sites on a target. The final project was the writing of a user interface for a simple method to view reports from the Aerobase without modifying the database entries, which had been a problem. These enhancements will contribute to increased productivity in repetitive FSB tasks.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: November 1, 2016