When first deployed in the mid 1950s, the U-2 had an inverted periscope (Drift Sight) to provide the pilot a view of the area below the aircraft. During a recent glass cockpit upgrade, this periscope was removed. This paper discusses:
• The development activity leading up to flight test of an Electro Optical Viewsight System (EOVS) replacement for the Drift Sight. The impact and design consideration of using an inexpensive Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) cameral module, originally designed for small hand held video cameras,
• The process used to develop the basic requirements and how early input from the user community lead to an effective design (e.g.., Hand Grip),
• The ruggedization techniques necessary to ensure the camera would meet the vibration, thermal, and Electro Magnetic Interface (EMI) environment,
• Actual system performance data,
• Growth “hooks” and how they were accommodated in a firm fixed price contract.