• HIGH SPEED AVIONICS DATA INSTRUMENTATION SYSTEM (HADIS)

      Black, James A.; Science Applications International Corporation (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1992-10)
      SAIC, under contract with the Air Force Wright Laboratory, has developed and demonstrated a prototype High Speed Avionics Data Instrumentation System (HADIS). The HADIS system is designed to operate in both the laboratory and in an airborne environment. This paper briefly describes the features of the system including its ability to collect and record data at up to 13.25 MBytes per second, its ability to provide real-time processing of the data, and its ability to rapidly reconfigure its interfaces based on field programmable gate arrays. The paper discusses the need for multiple data paths within the system to allow parallel operations to take place, the need for dedicated access to the recorder subsystem, and methods for allowing selective recording based on the information content of the data. The effort was sponsored by the Test Facility Working Group to provide a common data collection system for Air Force logistics and test and evaluation facilities. The design is owned by the government and may be cost-effectively used by any government agency.
    • High-Speed Distributed Digital Instrumentation System

      Donlan, Brian; Baumgartner, Michael; Science Applications International Corporation (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1992-10)
      An distributed architecture for high-speed digital and analog instrumentation is discussed. This architecture supports the collection, formatting, recording of both conventional telemetry (analog & PCM) and high-speed digital data. Remotely located instrumentation data interface units provide data acquision close to the data sources. The remotely located units are connected via high-bandwidth fiber optic links to a central formatting and recording unit. Data is recorded on digital rotary head recorders. Graphic workstations provide visual data displays for test control and monitoring. This system was developed to handle the high-speed data acquision requirements of advanced avionics sensor and seeker systems, however, it provides the basis for many other applications.
    • Synchronization of the Edwards Digital Switch

      Eslinger, Brian; Science Applications International Corporation (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1992-10)
      The Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC) at Edwards, California has installed the Edwards Digital Switch (EDS). The EDS is a DS-1 switch capable of switching voice, encrypted voice, and Time Space Position Information (TSPI) data. Communicating encrypted voice and TSPI data reliably from the EDS to any other communication system requires the two systems operate using the same frequency reference. The need to communicate with other test ranges and over commercially leased lines using the EDS requires synchronization to a standard frequency source. The current synchronization method used at the AFFTC is unacceptable for the EDS. A hierarchal system of synchronization networking will be implemented to provide a common reference to each of the systems interfacing the EDS. The Master Timing Station (MTS), which provides synchronization reference to most of the AFFTC resources, is aging and must be upgraded. The upgrade of the MTS and the restructuring of the synchronization signal distribution will be completed simultaneously. Traceability to the United States Naval Observatory (USNO) and the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) is required to provide the necessary synchronization to allow the EDS to interface reliably with other systems. The Global Positioning System (GPS) is being considered as the primary source for frequency calibration traceable to the USNO and NBS.