• THE REDUNDANCY OF A SIMPLE SYNCHRONIZATION METHOD FOR VARIABLE LENGTH CODES

      Shtarkov, Yu. M.; Academy of Sciences of the USSR (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      Prefix insertion prior to the coded representation of every fixed length block of data provides a simple synchronization method for variable length coding. Unlike fixed length coding where the prefix appears with a set period, the appearance time of each prefix word in the variable length coded representation is a random variable. At the receiver a synchronization decision is made whenever a pattern within a threshold Hamming distance of the prefix is received. In this paper an expression is found for small synchronization error probabilities. This egression depends on the coded block length only through its average value L. The optimal value for the recognition threshold is found. The necessary and sufficient condition for an arbitrarily small synchronization error probability is shown to be that the prefix length grows as log L. The results are discussed from the viewpoint of data compression and source encoding.
    • RFI ANALYSIS APPLIED TO THE TDRSS SYSTEM

      Jenny, J.A.; ESL Incorporated (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      The effect of radio frequency interference (RFI) on the proposed Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) was assessed. The method of assessing RFI was to create a discrete emitter listing containing all the required parameters of transmitters in the applicable VHF and UHF frequency bands. The transmitter and spacecraft receiver characteristics were used to calculate the RFI contribution due to each emitter. The individual contributions were summed to obtain the total impact in the operational bandwidth. Using an as yet incomplete enitter base, we have concluded that the 136-137 MHz band should be used by TDRS rather than the whole 136-138 MHz band because of the higher interference levels in the 137-138 MHz band. Even when restricting the link to 136 to 137 MHz, the existing link design is marginal and it is recommended that interference reduction units, such as the Adaptive Digital Filter, be incorporated in the TDRS ground station. RFI is less of a problem in the 400.5 to 401.5 MHz band and can probably be handled by restricting command transmissions to low RFI areas or if that is not acceptable, by using simple automatic notch filters to notch out the few interferers present.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • AN ALL DIGITAL LOW DATA RATE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

      Chen, Chi-Hau; Fan, Maisie; Southeastern Massachusetts University (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      The advent of digital hardwares has made it feasible to implement many communication system components digitally. With the exception of frequency down conversion, the proposed low data rate communication system uses digital hardwares completely. Although the system is designed primarily for deep space communications with large frequency uncertainty and low signal-to-noise ratio, it is also suitable for other low data rate applications with time-shared operation among a number of channels. Emphasis is placed on the fast Fourier transform receiver and the automatic frequency control via digital filtering. The speed available from the digital system allows sophisticated signal processing to reduce frequency uncertainty and to increase the signal-to-noise ratio. The practical limitations of the system such as the finite register length are examined. It is concluded that the proposed all-digital system is not only technically feasible but also has potential cost reducation over the existing receiving systems.
    • MEASURING TERRESTRIAL RADIO FREQUENCY INTERFERENCE AT ORBIT ALTITUDES

      Bayol, Martin E.; Locke, Paul A.; National Scientific Laboratories, Inc. (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      Satellite systems, by virtue of their large terrestrial fields of view, may be exposed to a great many man-made radio signals the aggregate effects of which can be deleterious to satellite receivers. An experiment has been designed to measure and characterize such man-made interference at orbital altitudes. The experiment, as designed, requires dedicated hardware on a spacecraft of specified orbit and will measure (within the frequency range of 400 MHz to 12.4 GHz) peak levels of interference in cells dimensioned in space, time, and frequency. The experiment will provide data indicative of some of the statistical characteristics of interference levels at satellite orbital altitudes and will provide designers of satellite communications links with new facilities for the prediction and prevention of interference problems, and should provide a considerable data base for use in long range planning of spectrum utilization.
    • NEW MAJORITY-LOGIC DECODABLE CODES

      Chen, C.L. (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      A method of the construction of majority-logic decodable codes is presented. Many of the codes constructed are more efficient than any other comparable majority-logic decodable codes previously known.
    • A SPACEBORNE RECEIVER FOR MEASURING ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD INTENSITY

      Reich, B.W.; Van Dusen, M. R.; Habib, E. J.; National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration; Airborne Instrument Laboratory; National Aeronautics and Space Administration (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      At the present time, considerable interference with communications to and from spacecraft has been experienced. Consequently, the need for determining the extent of this interference was indicated. NASA contracted AIL to design and build a very accurately controlled receiver to monitor the electromagnetic radiations in both existing and projected space communication bands. Based on analysis of the existing and projected space communication bands, 108 to 174 MHz, 240 to 478 MHz, and 1535 to 1665 MHz were covered. The receiver achieves accurate control via a digitally tuned synthesizer and a wide range of digital control including frequency band coverage and gain control selection. Digital memory was provided to store 16 separate digital command instructions which can be programmed via a command data link. The receiver provides for transmission to the ground of both a predetection signal and signals in digital format, which in turn, were provided by sampling and analog-to-digital conversions.
    • 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.
    • DATA RELIABILITY

      Powers, S.G.; Radiation (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      In this paper the problem of achieving reliable digital information transfer in the presence of data errors is addressed. The approach taken is to reject data which is suspected of being in error under the philosophy that it is better to miss data than to receive it incorrectly. To this end, error detection mechanisms are considered and their performance compared for a specific application. The mechanisms are thresholding, error detection coding, waveform error detection and feedback. It is shown that error detection coding is the most effective, followed by feedback, thresholding, then waveform error detection. The results are summarized in Tables I and II. These tables give the undetected word error rate and missed word rates for the techniques considered. The application which originally inspired this work is the use of time-division multiplexing to transfer mission-critical data on the B-1 aircraft.
    • A SHORT RANGE 15 MEGABIT/S LED COMMUNICATOR

      Dworkin, L. U.; Coryell, L.; USAECOM (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      The design, development, and testing of a short range (distances up to 100 ft) data communications equipment that utilizes a GaAs light emitting diode (LED) source is discussed. Data rates of 15 Mb/s are accommodated by a transmission terminal which consists of a line of sight (LOS) atmospheric portion and a fiber optic link. The system has an all weather capability, is relatively inexpensive and is intended for tactical military applications. This is the first attempt at developing a wideband optical communicator that has a similtaneous LOS and cable capability often needed in a tactical military environment.
    • Optran® AN INFRARED LED TRANSCEIVER FOR DATA COMMUNICATIONS

      Meyer, Andrew W.; Harting, Stephen W.; National Aeronautics and Space Administration (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      The following discussion reviews operating experience with a non-coherent infrared (IR) optical data link at several installations in the United States. Optran is a commercial digital data link, manufactured by Computer Transmission Corporation, for computer-to-computer or computer-to-terminal data transfer applications. It uses a nonlasing gallium arsenide diode as the transmitter and a silicon diode as the receiver. Simple optics collimate the transmitter output and focus the captured receive energy on the receiver diode. A digital interface unit at each terminal end presents a standard interface to business equipment and encodes/decodes data from the optical head.
    • SPECTRUM PROCESSING RECEIVERS FOR TELEMETRY APPLICATIONS

      Van Cleave, J. R.; American Electriconic Laboratories, Inc. (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      When the i-f filter of a telemetry receiver is replaced by a digital processor utilizing an intermediate orthogonal transformation into either the frequency domain using Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) or sequency domain using Fast Walsh Transform (FWT), then much improvement in performance may be expected. This paper discusses both application and results of FFT and FWT processing to: 1) a signal acquisition receiver providing extremely enhanced phase lock loop (PLL) acquisition speed; 2) an adaptive i-f bandwidth receiver providing a large i-f signal to noise ratio (SNR) improvement and also immunity to undesired EMI and/or jamming signals; and, 3) a signal evaluation receiver for measurement of SNR in the range of -30 dB and up. Spectrum processor design considerations and tradeoffs are presented.
    • A PCM DATA SEQUENCE CONTROLLER

      Sandia Laboratories; Johnson, Charles S. (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      The PCM Data Sequence Controller described in this paper is used to interface a memory-controlled PCM encoder with a plated wire memory to form a unique digital data compression and storage system. The memory-controlled PCM encoder is used to select formats and convert input analog data channels into a PCM bit stream which is both transmitted and stored in a plated wire memory. The encoder is also used to retrieve information from the plated wire memory and retransmit it. The system provides both temporary and permanent data storage for the telemetering of data in a severe environment.
    • 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.
    • PLANETARY PROGRAM DATA SYSTEMS STANDARDS

      Glahn, Earl W.; Planatary Programs Data Systems Working Group (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
    • 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.
    • A REAL-TIME HADAMARD TRANSFORM SYSTEM FOR SPECIAL AND TEMPORAL REDUNDANCY REDUCTION IN TELEVISION

      Noble, S. C.; Knauer, S. C.; National Aeronautics and Space Administration (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)
      A digital Hadamard transform system has been developed for the real-time compression of standard NTSC television signals. The system digitizes the video signals and subdivides four successive frames of data into suppictures of sixty-four picture elements. The subpictures are cubes four elements on a side, in horizontal, vertical and temporal directions. Subpictures are transformed and processed to reduce special and temporal redundancy. Implementation and performance results of the system will be described and discussed.
    • THE ATS-F RADIO FREQUENCY INTERFERENCE MEASUREMENT EXPERIMENT

      Henry, Varice F.; National Aeronautics and Space Administration (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1973-10)