• LEGACY SYSTEMS’ SENSORS BECOME PLUG-N-PLAY WITH IEEE P1451.3 TEDS

      Sinclair, Robert; Beech, Russell; Jones, Kevin; Mundon, Scott; Jones, Charles H.; NVE Corporation.; Edwards Air Force Base (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2002-10)
      Replacing and maintaining sensors in existing legacy systems is costly and time consuming since no information beyond voltage or current is supplied by these sensors. When a sensor is replaced or added, information for that sensor has to be incorporated by the software programmer into the main system software – a costly and time-consuming process. A method has been developed to give these old sensors the intelligence to meet the requirements of the proposed IEEE P1451.3 standard. This is accomplished with no changes to the legacy hardware and a minor, one time change to the legacy main system software.
    • PLASMA TELEMETRY IN HYPERSONIC FLIGHT

      Starkey, Ryan P.; Lewis, Mark J.; Jones, Charles H.; University of Maryland; Edwards Air Force Base (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2002-10)
      Problems associated with telemetry blackout caused by the plasma sheath surrounding a hypersonic vehicle are addressed. In particular, the critical nature of overcoming this limitation for test and evaluation purposes is detailed. Since the telemetry blackout causes great concern for atmospheric cruise vehicles, ballistic missiles, and reentry vehicles, there have been many proposed approaches to solving the problem. This paper overviews aerodynamic design methodologies, for which the required technologies are only now being realized, which may allow for uninterrupted transmission through a plasma sheath. The severity of the signal attenuation is dependent on vehicle configuration, trajectory, flightpath, and mission.
    • PROTOTYPE DUAL-BAND TRANSMITTER FOR AERONAUTICAL TELEMETRY APPLICATIONS

      Jensen, Michael A.; Jones, Charles H.; Brigham Young University; Edwards Air Force Base (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2002-10)
      Recent changes in spectrum availability as well as higher demands for spectrum have motivated the development of telemetry transmit systems capable of fully operating over both L and S telemetry bands. However, enabling operation within these two bands poses new problems in system design. This paper presents a prototype system capable of operating between 1.4 and 2.4 GHz, which supports continuous phase modulation (CPM) waveforms such as pulse code modulation (PCM), frequency modulation (FM), and shaped offset quadrature phase shift keying (SOQPSK). The system architecture is detailed, and the prototype performance is discussed.
    • WHO MOVED MY TAPE RECORDER FLAVORED CHEESE

      Berard, Alfredo J.; Chalfant, Tim; Lloyd, Joe; Small, Marty; Buckley, Mark; Bagó, Balázs; Lockard, Michael; Eglin Air Force Base; Edwards Air Force Base; Navair; et al. (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2002-10)
      For the last 30 years Magnetic Tape Systems have been the primary means of recording data from airborne instrumentation systems. Increasing data rates and harsh environmental requirements have often exceeded the ability of tape-based systems to keep pace with platform technology. This paper examines operational and data reduction benefits when employing the IRIG 106 Chapter 10 Solid State Recorder Standard introduced by the Range Commanders Council (RCC) Telemetry Group (TG). The Standard and this paper address media formatting, data formatting for a variety of different data types, data downloading, and data security, along with serial command and control and discrete command and control of the recorder. This paper also addresses software data processing and raw data reconstruction of Chapter 10 data.