• PRINCIPLES AND HEAD CHARACTERISTICS IN VHF RECORDING

      Krey, K. H.; Lieberman, A. G.; Harry Diamond Laboratories; University of MD (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      Concepts of VHF analog magnetic recording are discussed; problem areas are reviewed; and solutions are outlined. Attention is drawn to the conductive-gap-spacer recording head. The unique field contours of this recording head with Alfesil pole faces are analyzed in relation to the recording of very short wavelengths. The field gradients of the unloaded head are computed for various conditions such as maximum magnetization depths, positions in the tape coating, and gap lengths. Comparison of the driven-gap-spacer head using Alfesil pole faces with the ferrite driven-gap-spacer head and the conventional ring-core head shows the Alfesil type to be the most effective for a-c bias VHF recording at very short wavelengths. Problems associated with short-wavelength recording and reproduction are reviewed. In spite of good short-wavelengths capabilities of the Alfesil head, the requirement for a high head-to-tape speed continues to be mandatory to minimize wavelength reproduction losses.
    • TELEMETERING VIA LEAKY WAVEGUIDES

      Hu, A. S.; New Mexico State University (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      Telemetering through leaky waveguides is a combination of cable transmission and atmospheric transmission. This system carries radio signals in a confined space tube thus making signal transmission through tunnels, mines, and buildings possible. This paper discusses the history of development, the types of leaky waveguide, the transmission characteristics, and the performance evaluation methods.
    • THE INFLUENCE OF CARRIER FREQUENCY ON SNR FOR FM SYSTEMS

      Monson J. E.; Harvey Mudd College (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      The influence of carrier frequency on broadband signal-to-noise ratio is derived for a frequency modulated tape recording system. Optimum signal-to-noise performance occurs at the value of carrier frequency where the carrier-to-noise ratio is falling at 6 dB/octave. Signal-to-noise ratio is relatively insensitive to changes in carrier frequency about the optimum value.
    • A NEW ERA IN WORLDWIDE TACTICAL COMMUNICATIONS

      Reid, Charles E. Jr; Naval Electronic Systems Command (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      The Fleet Satellite Communication System (FLEETSATCOM) now under development will provide the first U. S. military satellites designed from the start as operational transponders for tactical communications with and among mobile users. FLEETSATCOM is a logical outgrowth of earlier experimental projects, principally the Tactical Satellite Communication (TACSATCOM) project of the late 1960’s. When the globe-girdling system goes operational in calendar year 1976 it will quite literally revolutionize both Air Force and Navy tactical communications by providing availability and reliability of over-the-horizon communications that can never be matched by conventional high-frequency circuits.
    • THE ADVANCED OPLE FOR SEARCH AND RESCUE

      Morakis, James C.; Rupp, Walter; National Aeronautics & Space Administration; Patuxent Naval Air Test Center (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      The OMEGA Position Location Experiment (OPLE) was performed in 1967 by the Goddard Space Flight Center in order to demonstrate a position location and data collection system. OMEGA navigation signals were received at a remote site and retransmitted via a synchronous satellite to a ground processing center where data collecting and position determination was performed. Recent technological advances have made it possible to develop an Advanced OPLE system towards a global search and rescue application. This application generated some new problem areas such as the OMEGA lane ambiguity, random access, location accuracy, real time processing, and size and weight of the Search and Rescue Communication (SARCOM). This experiment will demonstrate the feasibility of instantaneous alarm and position location by using a relatively inexpensive, battery operated, three-pound package. This package can transmit the alarm and position through a synchronous satellite to a search and rescue station in less than three minutes, in an environment of 50,000 to 100,000 subscribers drawn from the maritime, aircraft, recreational communities and others.
    • A HIGH CAPACITY, HIGH DATA RATE INSTRUMENTATION TAPE RECORDER SYSTEM

      Bessette, O. E.; Radio Corporation of America Recording Systems (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      A 240-megabit/second, serial bit stream recording system using a longitudinal (fixed-head) magnetic recording technique called HDMR (High Density Multitrack Recording) has been developed. This system provides maximum bits per square inch of tape at reliable in-track packing densities. Unique “unitized” fabrication techniques have been used to construct single stack magnetic heads (record/play on the same head) at track densities of over 100 tracks per inch. Commercially available tape is accommodated by the use of error detection and correction. HDMR technology, applied to the implementation of a typical ground instrumentation recording system, allows key performance parameters of: 240 Mb/s serial data input, 108 in/s tape speed, a 142-track head, a bit error rate of 1 x 10^-6 and 240 Mb/s serial data output.
    • INTERFEROMETER SIGNAL DEMODULATION IMPROVES TRACKING SENSITIVITY

      Cooper, William K.; New Mexico State University (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      A considerable improvement in signal to noise ratio has been achieved in narrow band interferometer trackers by demodulating the telemetry signal prior to the final stage of i-f amplification. This system has an effective signal bandwidth much greater than the noise bandwidth. Signal to noise improvements of 10 dB are typical.
    • USER-ORIENTED IMAGE DATA CARTRIDGE RECORDING SYSTEM

      Horton, Charles R.; Radio Corporation of America (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      New generation satellites such as ERTS present a new challenge to the data recording industry. Continuous wideband data creates an enormous storage/retrieval problem. Recently developed high density tape storage solves the volume problem but does not provide fast access. Clearly, some cartridge type device is required. A similar problem faced the broadcast T.V. industry. Cartridge equipment was developed to allow automatic programming of short segments. This paper describes application of this technology to present and future data storage requirements. With the technique described, ERTS data can be segmented into blocks of ten frames each and stored in easily accessed tape cartridges.
    • AIFTDS-4000, A FLEXIBLE HIGH SPEED DATA ACQUISITION SYSTEM

      Borek, Robert W.; Aeronautics and Space Administration (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      The data acquisition system of today’s research aircraft generally consists of a multiplicity of “black boxes” linked together by wiring cables of various lengths and sizes. This approach offers the user an “off-the shelf” type of flexibility to which he has become accustomed. It does not, however, provide for all the needs of an results demanded by today’s technology. The rising costs of flight test hours, the sophisticated airframes, and the minimum flight time allotted for actual flight test indicate a need to review existing data acquisition system technology and apply up-to-date technology. The NASA Flight Research Center at Edwards, California, initiated a review of its needs in the area of airborne data acquisition systems. The result was a new and powerful system called “AIFTDS-4000” (Airborne Integrated Flight Test Data System). AIFTDS is a high speed computer-controlled PCM system comprised of three basic units, the remote multiplexer de-multiplexer unit, the PCM processor, and the memory unit. The three units were designed and tested to meet the requirements of pertinent Mil-Specs for high performance aircraft. The signal conditioning, sensor excitation, and time code generator were designed as an integral part of the system and are not separate chassis. This paper discusses the design objectives established prior to actual hardware construction and compares these objectives with the final hardware.
    • A HIGH SPEED AIRBORNE DATA ACQUISITION AND CONTROL SYSTEM WITH AN INTEGRATED DIGITAL COMPUTER

      Trover, William F.; Teledyne Controls Company (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      AIFTDS-4000 has been developed as a modularly expandable instrumentation and control system primarily for use in aircraft and system flight test. The bidirectional data processing capacity of Remote Multiplexer/Demultiplexer Unit, however, permits the system to be applied to data processing and control loop functions as well as the classical role of a data gathering system. The basic system was developed for NASA-FRC under three different contracts; NAS4-1848 (the ACS and RMDU’s), NAS4-1940 (the integrated signal conditioner cards) and, NAS4-1943 (the expanded test set). The system comprises Airborne Hardware, Ground Support Equipment and Software. The Airborne Hardware is divided into two major elements; The Airborne Computing System (ACS), and the Remote Multiplexer/Demultiplexer Unit (RMDU). Ground Support Equipment is presently restricted to the ACS Test Set (ACS/TS) which permits total checkout of the ACS without the RMDU’s or checkout of the full AIFTDS, as well as performing the function of an autonomous mini-data reduction ground station and the Portable Address Generator which permits testing of one RMDU (or one zone of the airplane) without the ACS or the ACS/TS. Software may be grouped into System Checkout and Diagnostic Software, Flight Test Program Software and Quick Look/Reduction Software. The prototype AIFTDS-4000 was qualified in two stages; the RMDU was qualified in October 1972 with the ACS qualified in April 1973. The Expanded Test Set and supporting software were delivered in May 1973.
    • AN ULTRAHIGH RATE DIGITAL TAPE RECORDER FOR SPACECRAFT APPLICATIONS

      Thompson, C. R.; Treadwell, R. J.; Powell, C.; FICA; NASA (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      Spaceborne digital recorders must satisfy the conflicting requirements of maximum data storage of high rate data (particularly for high resolution sensor data) and a long life with high reliability (meaning rugged design and moderate head-to-tape speeds). The multitrack longitudinal (fixed head) recorder can successfully resolve this conflict and satisfy both requirements. The evolutionary machine described herein was originally designed to store and reproduce 30 min of 39.9-Mb/s sensor data, for mission lives on the order of 1 year; newer designs have surpassed these parameters by significant amounts.
    • VANGUARD/PLACE EXPERIMENT SYSTEM DESIGN AND TEST PLAN

      Taylor, Ralph E.; National Aeronautics and Space Administration (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      A system design and test plan are described for operational evaluation of the NASA-Goddard Position Location and Aircraft Communications Equipment (PLACE), at C-band (4/6GHz), using NASA’s ship, the USNS Vanguard, and the ATS-3 and ATS-5 synchronous satellites. The Sea Test phase, extending from March 29, 1973 to April 15, 1973 has been successfully completed; the principal objectives of the experiment were achieved. Typical PLACE-computed, position-location data is shown for the Vanguard. Position location and voice-quality measurements were excellent; ship position was determined within 2 nmi; high-quality, 2-way voice transmissions resulted as determined from audience participation, intelligibility and articulation-index analysis. A C-band/L-band satellite trilateration experiment is discussed.
    • TRACKING AND DATA RELAY SATELLITE SYSTEM (TDRSS)

      Barritt, Paul; Clark, George; NASA (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      Coincident with the advent of the Space Shuttle era in the late 1970’s will also come a new era in space communications. The NASA Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS), consisting of satellites in synchronous orbit relaying data between mission spacecraft in low altitude earth orbit and the various mission control centers, will change the character of tracking and data acquisition operations from the short duration, intermittent contacts characteristics of the world wide network of ground stations of the Space Tracking and Data Network (STDN), to nearly full time contact. This capability will expedite interaction between ground based scientists and their spaceborne instruments, reduce dependence upon data tape recorders, and in general improve the reliability and versatility of space communications. This paper will discuss the requirements for TDRSS service and the characteristics of the system and subsystems that NASA studies have shown best meet those requirements.
    • A REVIEW OF MULTIPLE AMPLITUDE-PHASE DIGITAL SIGNALS

      Smith, Joel G.; California Institute of Technology (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      This paper reviews the data rate, error rate, and signal-to-noise ratio relationship for various uncoded M-ary digital amplitude modulation (AM), phase modulation (PM), and combined AM-PM systems. These signal systems have the common virtue that expanding the number of possible signals to be transmitted increases the data rate but not the bandwidth. The increased data rate generally requires an increased signal-to-noise ratio to maintain constant error probability performance. Thus, these systems use power to conserve bandwidth. A general treatment of the error rate of M-ary digital AM-PM permits development of a simple yet accurate expression which approximates the increase in average signal-to-noise ratio (over that of binary phase shift keying) required for constant error performance. This equation provides insight into why arrays differ in their signal-to-noise ratio requirements.
    • MULTIMEGABIT OPERATION MULTIPLEXER SYSTEM

      Giri, Ronald R.; Maxwell, Marvin S.; Radiation; Goddard Space Flight Center (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      The Multimegabit Operation Multiplexer System (MOMS) is a high data rate PCM telemetry unit capable of sampling and encoding 60 scanning radiometer and 4 vidicon channels at 250 kilosamples/second and 5 megasamples/second, respectively. This sampling capacity plus the 7-bit quantization requires a total throughput rate of 40 megasamples/second and 280 megabits/second. To produce these rates efficiently, the system was divided into a pair of identical 140-megabit blocks. A low-power 20-MHz analog multiplexer and analog-to-digital converter were developed together with a video sample-and-hold that features an aperture time error of less than 50 picoseconds. Breadboard testing of these basic building blocks confirmed the design prediction that the total system would consume 27 watts of power. Two 140-megabit output ports are suitable for quadraphase modulation.
    • PERFORMANCE OF A 350-Mb/s ADAPTIVE EQUALIZER

      Ryan, Carl R.; Stilwell, James H.; Motorola Inc. (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      This paper applies baseband adaptive equalization techniques to rf multipath and transmitter/receiver distortions. Included are test results comparing 350-Mb/s adaptive equalized and unequalized receivers. These comparisons are made with distortion typically encountered in a high data-rate line-of-sight microwave system such as demodulator quadrature errors, demodulator phase offset errors, and moderate rf multipath distortion. The design and construction techniques are also illustrated.
    • MULTISTATE ANALOG AND DIGITAL INTEGRATED CIRCUITS

      Abraham, George; US Naval Research Laboratory (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      Several independent physical phenomena in unipolar and bipolar semiconductor pn junction devices and integrated structures lead to voltage and current-controlled negative resistance without the use of external feedback. These include avalanche breakdown, quantum mechanical tunneling, and minority carrier storage. Two complementary types of negative resistances may be utilized as a basis for generating multistable energy levels. The number of stable states and their relative spacings can be readily varied. Without negative resistance interaction, M+1 stable states can be generated where M is the number of negative resistance devices involved. With negative resistance interactions, additional multistability occurs, resulting in a total number of (M+1) + (M-1)!stable states. S-S, N-N, and S-N interactions are analyzed. In the latter case, complementary negative resistances can be made to annihilate each other. Multistate tunnel and avalanche negative resistances have been made to occur in single devices resulting in tristable, quadristable and higher order energy levels. Variable radix counters, oscillators, frequency dividers, and high density memory elements have been fabricated both as hybrid and monolithic integrated circuits.
    • TIMING CORRELATION IN TELEMETRY RECORDING AND PROCESSING SYSTEMS

      Matthews, F. L.; Streich, R. G.; Vandenberg Air Force Base (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      The Space and Missile Test Center (SAMTEC) has conducted tests to correlate independent data stream to within ±10 microseconds. System timing error measurements have been made to determine RF system delays; the delays associated with wideband analog tape recorders in the recording, dubbing and reproducing processes; and uncertainties associated with processed data. Comparison of the time delays between predetection PCM data and post-detection PCM data are made. Several methods of recording IRIG time code formats A and B are evaluated for best resolution. Timing error versus tape recorder head azimuth is plotted. Tape recorder phase delay effects on time code formats and on PCM data are given. The time bias between the time tag and the computer processed data is presented. Sources of timing errors and the calibration and operating techniques available to minimize these errors are discussed. A special time tag technique (Ref 1) has been used in the past to determine the cumulative timing bias for all sources. This investigation is believed to be the first attempt to identify the individual contributions to the cumulative bias.
    • CROSSPLAY COMPATIBILITY OF WIDE-BAND TAPE RECORDER/REPRODUCERS

      Hartzler, F. R.; Hust, D. R.; Heberling, E. D.; Naval Missile Center (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      This paper describes the procedure and results of a series of tests on a cross section of tape recorders to determine the effects of record bias and record signal level on the quality of data recorded in the Pre-D (predetection) mode. FM (frequency modulation) and PCM (pulse code modulation) formats were used in the study. The tests were performed on tape recorders at five test sites to determine the effects of crossplay under typical operating conditions. The results are summarized and possible methods of improving crossplay data quality are suggested.
    • HIGH DENSITY PCM MAGNETIC TAPE RECORDING

      Wells, Jon B.; Bell & Howell (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      The Bell & Howell Enhanced-NRZ™ recording reproducing technique for bit packing densities up to 40,000 per track inch is described in this paper. Utilization of the pulse code modulation format of Enhanced-NRZ achieves this high density with a bit error rate of one in ten million. Bell & Howell’s standard VR-3700B instrumentation tape recorder and wideband instrumentation recording tape are used. This same technique permits parallel recording of data rates up to 10 megabits per second at a tape speed of 120 in./s. The merits of the unique encoding/decoding method, factors affecting bit error rate, and future opportunities for development are discussed.