• INSTRUMENTATION – MAKE IT COMMON

      Schneider, Dennis; Colangelo, Ronald; U. S. Army Simulation, Training and Instrumentation Command (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2001-10)
      The Hardened Subminiature Telemetry and Sensor System (HSTSS) is a model program; executing Department of Defense (DoD) initiatives, such as Acquisition Reform, Industry Partnering, and the use of Integrated Product Teams (IPT). The HSTSS is partnering because the unique expertise needed for the high g instrumentation system is spread across industry and the Government. The approaches used to reduce risk in the development of instrumentation systems will be described. Also technical strategies will be addressed. In this paper a discussion about the affect that the IPT process has had on HSTSS to make the program successful. This paper will describe the strategy used to leverage existing technologies, processes, and to market the components that has been developed. The information presented here will address how partnering and the use of commercial technology will reduce the program costs as well as the unit cost. The importance of working together within the Services and sharing funds and technology to accomplish more with less will be addressed. This paper will address how we are delivering a low cost, miniature, high-g (100,000 g’s), and modular instrumentation system. This instrumentation is to be used for indirect fire and direct fire projectiles and small missiles. The building blocks for this instrumentation system include batteries, transmitter, pulse code modulation (PCM) encoders, and a variety of sensors (pressure, spin rate, etc.). Instrumentation requirement for HSTSS is to collect data from launch to impact.