• A MULTIFUNCTION SATELLITE BACKHAUL SYSTEM FOR AIRCRAFT FLIGHT TEST APPLICATIONS

      Bell, John J. (Jack); Mileshko, James; Payne, Edward L.; Wagler, Paul; ViaSat, Inc. (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2004-10)
      This paper will present the design of a network used to receive and record sensor data and provide voice communications between a flight controller and the pilot of an aircraft undergoing flight testing in remote areas. The network utilizes a completely self-contained mobile tracking subsystem to receive and relay the sensor data and cockpit voice in real-time over a geostationary satellite. In addition to the aircraft tracking and data/voice relay functions, the system also provides local data recording at the mobile station, telephone and intercom connectivity between the mobile station and the control center, and remote equipment setup via the satellite link.