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Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering
The use of aircraft is often valuable to position airborne sensors or to conduct experiments in ways not possible purely on the ground. An airframe, typically an older one, must be selected then adapted to the role -likely to include inlets, windows, structural changes, power supply, computing and data recording capacity, and likely the provision of external hardpoints. Once the research vehicle is created, the instruments on board will require calibration, either in isolation or bydoi:10.1002/9780470686652.eae604 fatcat:evwryhaqefbzjmvq6fojvrrxim