• iNET Based Automatic Hardware Selection

      Kupferschmidt, Benjamin; Teletronics Technology Corporation (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2008-10)
      One of the principle goals of the Integrated Network Enhanced Telemetry (iNET) program is to help flight-test engineers configure their data acquisition systems more rapidly. This will allow them to focus more of their energies on the collection of data rather than on the design and configuration of their data acquisition hardware. Currently most flight-test engineers spend the majority of their time configuring their data acquisition systems to acquire data for test flights. Typically, the flight test engineers must manually transform the requirements that are given to them into actual measurements from the data acquisition system. This process forces the flight test engineers to become experts in the implementation details of their data acquisition systems. This paper will discuss a possible design for an automatic hardware selection system. This system would allow flight test engineers to step away from the implementation details of their data acquisition system and focus instead on the parameter data that the system is acquiring. The key design goal for this system is to create a mechanism that can automatically transform the requirements for a flight test program into a list of hardware that can accomplish the desired task.