• 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.
    • ULTRASOUND TELEMETRY OF FETAL CARDIAC ACTIVITY

      Hess, Orvan W.; Litvenko, Wasil; Yale University (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      Patterns of alterations in fetal heart rate provide the earliest clue of jeopardy of the fetus from umbilical cord compression, abnormal uterine contractions, placental dysfunction or impaired fetal reserve. Correlated with uterine contractions, such patterns provide an index of the condition of the fetus and an objective basis for clinical management. The recognition of the value of continuous monitoring of these parameters has resulted in widespread use of electronic apparatus. Telemetry techniques have proved value as an alternative method of surveillance. A system has been devised for telemetry of fetal cardiac activity detected with ultrasound.
    • UNIVERSAL AIR-GROUND DATA LINK SYSTEM

      Williamson, Thomas; Federal Aviation Administration (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      With the implementation of a nationwide Air Traffic Control (ATC) automation system nearly completed the Department of Transportation/Federal Aviation Administration is devoting considerable attention to the integration of a data link capability into the system. This paper presents a description of the universal data link system and details of the system’s characteristics. A possible configuration of the data link system with the ATC automation system is also presented.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • A VIDEO BANDWIDTH HE-NE LASER COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

      Pao, Yoh-Han; Freeman, J.P.; Allen, J.W.; Claspy, P.C.; Laser Communications Inc.; Case Institute of Technology (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      A He-Ne laser communication system with video bandwidth capability is described. The system is suitable for the transmission of video signals generally compatible with U.S. commercial practice, and the transmission of digital data at rates of approximately 10 to 1000 Kb/s, over ranges extending from a few hundred feet to about 10 miles. Relative to cable systems and microwave links, this laser system has the advantages of immunity from electromagnetic noise and from microwave interference, ease of installation, comparative freedom from regulation, mobile operation and lower costs. Possible occasional outages due to inclement weather constitute the principal drawback. This system is different from two other available types of optical links. The light emitting diode (LED) links are limited to short ranges and the laser injection diode (LID) links have low duty cycles and are not designed for video capability. The performance characteristics and operating data of a specific system, the LCI-203 system of LASER COMMUNICATIONS, INC. , are described in detail. Operating ranges and corresponding reliability figures are estimated for various geographical locations. Operating experiences in health care delivery and security surveillance applications are described.