• FIBRE CHANNEL BUS MONITORING WITH AIRBORNE DATA MULTIPLEXER / RECORDER SYSTEM

      Berdugo, Albert; Pesciotta, Eric; Teletronics Technology Corporation (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2007-10)
      Modern aircraft now employ widely accepted and standardized technology commonly found in COTS applications. One such technology, Fibre Channel, has been deployed to transport both low and high-speed measurement data. Data as varied as “command and control”, “Radar Sensors” and “video” are being transmitted over fibre channel on many aircrafts. Some of these applications require data monitoring in listening mode only where transmission from the instrumentation equipment is not allowed or possible. As a result, standard off the shelf Fibre Channel devices cannot be used, and a development of a general purpose Fibre Channel monitor/ analyzer device and product is required. This paper discusses the concept, merits, and implementation of fibre channel bus monitoring in modern data acquisition systems. Techniques for tapping into an optical fibre channel network, as well as, a recording format for IRIG106 Chapter 10 are included. An overview of fibre channel topologies and protocols is also provided.
    • IRIG-106 CHAPTER 10 RECORDER WITH BUILT-IN DATA FILTERING MECHANISM

      Berdugo, Albert; Natale, Louis; Teletronics Technology Corporation; Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2007-10)
      Sixteen years ago, RCC added Chapter 8 to the IRIG-106 standard for the acquisition of 100% MIL-STD-1553 data from up to eight buses for recording and/or transmission. In the past 5 years, the RCC recording committee added Chapter 10 to the IRIG-106 standard for acquisition of 100% data from PCM, MIL-STD-1553 busses, Video, ARINC-429, Ethernet, IEEE-1394, and others. IRIG-106 Chapter 10 recorder suppliers have further developed customer-specific interfaces to meet additional customer needs. These needs have included unique radar and avionic bus interfaces such as F-16 Fibre Channel, F-35 Fibre Channel, F-22 FOTR, and others. IRIG-106 Chapter 8 and Chapter 10 have provided major challenges to the user community when the acquired avionics bus data included data that must be filtered and never leave the test platform via TM or recording media. The preferred method of filtering data to ensure that it is never recorded or transmitted is to do so at the interface level with the avionic busses. This paper describes the data filtering used on the F-22 Program for the MIL-STD-1553 buses and the FOTR bus as part of the IRIG-106 Chapter 10 Multiplexer/Recorder System. This filtering method blocks selected data at the interface level prior to being transferred over the system bus to the media(s). Additionally, the paper describes the configuration method for defining the data to be blocked and the report generated in order to allow for a second party to verify proper programming of the system.
    • OVERVIEW OF AN INTEGRATED INSTRUMENTATION DATA SYSTEM USED BY THE F-35 LIGHTNING II FLIGHT TEST PROGRAM

      Vu, Doug; Berdugo, Albert; Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.; Teletronics Technology Corporation (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2007-10)
      The Joint Strike Fighter program is the largest DOD contract ever awarded. There are three F-35 Lightning II variations, each intended to meet the specific needs of the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and U.S. Allies. The Data System required for this flight test program challenged the conventional ways used in instrumenting test aircraft. Typical data systems available today don’t provide the level of hardware and software integration required for today’s complex applications. For example, cockpit control panels, recording systems, TM transmitters, data acquisition systems and avionic bus interface units are all independent systems. Additionally, avionic bus catalogs, ground-based systems, and flight setup software have historically been independent components. This paper will describe the hardware and software components used by the F-35 flight test program to provide an integrated system. A special emphasis will be given to the methods used to accommodate rapid changes to the IEEE-1394B avionic bus catalog including the acquisition of that data, and the use of an IRIG-106 Chapter 10 distributed multiplexer / recorder system, which is being used simultaneously as a data acquisition system.
    • OVERVIEW OF F-22 UPGRADED INSTRUMENTATION SYSTEM

      Natale, Louis; Berdugo, Albert; Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.; Teletronics Technology Corporation (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2007-10)
      The F-22 flight test program used a traditional distributed data acquisition system and a non IRIG-106 Chapter 10 recording system for its flight test program. In addition, it required a separate and very large Harris DAU system to monitor and record avionic data buses carrying secure data. Due to the size, cost, and the obsolescence of the Harris DAU system and components, Lockheed evaluated replacement systems. TTC proposed to develop F-22 specific Fiber Optic avionics bus monitors and an avionics PCM Data Selector / Encoder as part of its distributed IRIG-106 Chapter 10 Multiplexer / Recorder system to replace the Harris DAU. This replacement system challenges the traditional system approach used in many flight test programs. This paper describes the evolutionary process to design two independent distributed data acquisition and recording systems handling data with different classification levels. The data separation is maintained by way of system wiring, proper hardware that holds no residual data once power is removed, different transmission channels, hardware-based message blocking, and a separate IRIG-106 Chapter 10 multiplexing / recording system.
    • THE USE OF AN IRIG-106 CHAPTER 10 RECORDER AS A TELEMETRY SYSTEM

      Berdugo, Albert; Teletronics Technology Corporation (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2007-10)
      IRIG-106 Chapter 10 has become the recording standard for most of the new flight test programs and many of the current ongoing programs. The primary goal of the standard was to define a common format for recording 100% bulk data such as PCM, MIL-STD-1553 busses, Video/Audio, ARINC-429, Ethernet, IEEE-1394, Analog Data, and others. In most cases the standard has provided the instrumentation engineers and the data analysts with a recording solution that meets their needs. Many programs require transmission of safety of flight data from a subset of the data acquired by the recorder. This may include selected video/audio channels, selected avionics bus data, and others. This requirement presents a dilemma to the flight test engineer who must duplicate part of the system for telemetry. This paper discusses several applications in which the IRIG-106 Chapter 10 recorder can be used as a telemetry system. It will include the transmission of bulk MIL-STD-1553 data per IRIG-106 Chapter 8, transmission of multiple Video/Audio and PCM data channels, and transmission of selected avionics data per IRIG-106 Chapter 4.