Research Letter

Using the earth’s electrostatic field for aircraft attitude measurements

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Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie | Vol 17, No 3 | a701 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/satnt.v17i3.701 | © 1998 Editorial Office | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 July 1998 | Published: 12 July 1998

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Abstract

During flight large voltage differences can develop between isolated sensors on the wingtips of an aircraft. This is as a result of charge differences in the atmosphere under the influence of the earth's electrostatic field. These charge differences can be utilised for aircraft attitude measurements. An electrostatic sensor has been developed to measure these charge differences.

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