• IN FLIGHT DATA REDUCTION FOR REDUCED BANDWIDTH TRANSMISSION

      Hicks, William T.; Aydin Vector Division (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1995-11)
      The desire to acquire large quantities of high speed vibration and acoustic data during aircraft testing is usually satisfied through on-board high speed recording methods. However there is often a need to have some of this data instantly available at the ground station for flight safety and other purposes. A Data Processor (DP) has been developed allowing an airborne data acquisition system to acquire large amounts of wideband analog data, process the data in real-time, and develop reduced bandwidth information from high bandwidth channels. The reduced data can be inserted into a Pulse Code Modulation (PCM) stream and telemetered via a Radio Frequency (RF) link with a potential for a 2000:1 reduction in bandwidth. This on-board processing capability also lends itself to additional tasks such as the generation of a reduced bandwidth marker channel which can flag critical time periods of data activity. This flagging technique can be used to facilitate ground station analysis of specific segments of data, resulting in significant cost and time savings.