• ADVANCED SUBMINIATURE TELEMETRY: A NEXT GENERATION INSTRUMENTATION SYSTEM

      Harrison, William D.; Copeland, Frank S.; Eglin Air Force Base (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2000-10)
      In performing its mission, the Air Force SEEK EAGLE Office (AFSEO) conducts a wide variety of tests with heavy emphasis on open-air flight tests. As budget pressures drive a reduction in the number of test sorties, maximizing the amount of quality data from each flight test is of paramount importance. This paper describes an AFSEO effort to develop a low cost, intelligent, subminiature telemetry and sensor system based on modern commercial wireless technologies. The instrumentation system is completely self-contained and can be externally mounted, thus eliminating the requirement for extensive aircraft modifications and minimizing the need for specially instrumented test aircraft. The system will make maximum use of Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) components to reduce cost and insure availability. MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) technology will be incorporated as the technology matures.
    • FIBER OPTIC COMMUNICATIONS IN A TELEMETRY SYSTEM

      Hicks, William T.; L3 Communications (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2000-10)
      This paper discusses the conversion of an existing telemetry system to the use of fiber optic communications. The change was implemented to provide expanded capabilities of existing capital assets with a minimum of investment. The paper reviews the design constraints and options considered for a specific flight test program. The different options, such as fiber type, connector type, wavelength, bit rate, and encoding method, are compared and discussed as to their applicability, reliability, and cost effectiveness in a telemetry environment. The paper discusses the solution selected and the capabilities of the final design, as compared to the initial system.
    • INTRODUCTORY SYSTEM DESIGN OF THE ADVANCED SUBMINIATURE TELEMETRY SYSTEM

      Dacus, Farron L.; Hendrix, Steven P.; Bouchez, Joseph J.; Cleveland Medical Devices, Inc. (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2000-10)
      The Advanced SubMiniature Telemetry System (ASMT) with Wireless Sensor extension is an ambitious program aimed at incorporating modern wireless system and electronic design methods into a two way, miniature, low cost, modular, and completely software controlled wireless data acquisition system. The program was conceived and is sponsored by the U.S. Air Force SEEK EAGLE Office as a means of both lowering test cost and increasing test effectiveness. This article shall present the fundamental system design challenges of the program and how modern design methods can provide a new standard of cost effectiveness, mission capability, and high spectral efficiency.
    • LOW-ELEVATION TRACKING TECHNOLOGY FOR TELEMETRY EQUIPMENT

      Xueping, Zhu; Beijing Institute of Tracking and Telecommunication Technology (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2000-10)
      This paper analyzes the multi-path effects on telemetry equipment when it tracks the low-elevation flying target. Based on bias-axis mono-pulse technique, real time attenuation memory recursive Least-Squares Estimate as well as synthetic application of multiple source data, a comprehensive tracking method is proposed to eliminate the antenna shaking and reduce angle error caused by the multi-path effects. The method has been verified by field test. And the goal of smooth tracking of the low elevation target is eventually reached.
    • TELEMETRY AND JUGGLING

      Jones, Charles H.; Edwards Air Force Base (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2000-10)
      One of the beauties of mathematics is its ability to demonstrate the relationship between apparently unrelated subjects. And this is not only an aesthetic attribute. The insight obtained by seeing relations where they are not obvious often leads to elegant solutions to difficult problems. This paper will demonstrate a mathematical relation between telemetry and juggling. Any given pulse code modulation (PCM) format can be mapped onto a juggling pattern. The Inter-Range Instrumentation Group (IRIG) 106 Class I PCM formats are a subset of all juggling patterns while the Class II PCM formats are equivalent to the set of all juggling patterns (within some mathematically precise definitions). There are actually quite a few mathematical results regarding juggling patterns. This paper will also discuss how these topics relate to tessellations, bin packing, PCM format design, and dynamic spectrum allocation. One of the shortcomings of human nature is the tendency to get caught up in a particular topic or viewpoint. This is true of the telemetry community as well. It is hoped that this paper will increase the awareness that there are a variety of areas of theory outside of telemetry that may be applicable to the field.