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Onboard Lidar Detects Turbulence, Volcanic Ash Near and Far

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Short- and midrange lidar systems for planes can deliver strong data for automatic correction maneuvers, while long-range systems that track potentially dangerous atmospheric conditions miles away are still being researched.

NIKOLAUS P. SCHMITT, AIRBUS

The accurate measurement of relative air speed, temperature and pressure is essential for the flight control system to operate safely and economically within the operational envelope and set flight corridor. Air speed is typically measured using pitot tubes, deriving relative speed from the dynamic...Read full article

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