Shengnan, Geng; Xinglai, Wang; Hui, Feng; Beijing Institute of Astronautical Systems Engineering (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2016-11)
      To investigate strain-sensitive characteristics of fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors, a minimal sensing system consisting of multiplex FBG sensors and signal demodulating and processing instruments was constructed. FBG sensors were designed with different package structures for respectively sensing strain or temperature parameters, and they returned measurand-dependent wavelengths back to the interrogation system for measurement with high resolution. In this paper, tests were performed on structure samples with step-wise increase of deformations. Both FBG sensing system and strain gages were tested and compared. Experimental work proved that the FBG sensing system had a good level of accuracy in measuring the static response of the tested composite structure. Moreover the additional advantages such as damp proofing, high sampling rates and real-time inspection make the novel system especially appropriate for load monitoring and damage detection of aerospace structures.

      Sahin, Cenk; Perrins, Erik; University of Kansas, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2016-11)
      In this paper we compute a lower bound, namely the dependence testing (DT) bound, on the maximum achievable rates (expressed in bits/channel use) with military standard shaped-offset quadrature phase shift-keying (SOQPSK-MIL) and aeronautical telemetry SOQPSK (SOQPSK-TG) schemes over additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) channels under finite code blocklength, probability block error and equiprobable input constraints. The DT bound results for SOQPSK-MIL and SOQPSK-TG are used to lower bound their respective spectral efficiencies (expressed in bits/s/Hz). We simulate a serially concatenated convolutional code (SCCC) using SOQPSK-MIL as the inner code, and show that it performs within 1:1 dB of the SOQPSK-MIL DT bound for various coding rates. The numerical results also demonstrate the performance loss compared to the channel capacity due to the finite blocklength constraint.

      Whittington, Austin J.; Youngs, Alexander G.; Harwell, John R.; Moodie, Myron L.; Southwest Research Institute (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2016-11)
      Configuring typical devices in the telemetry community requires the creation of complex, device-specific configuration files. While the grammar of the configuration files is vendor neutral, the device specific details are vendor specific. Thus, a naïve approach to building these files is to construct a file, test it against a device, and then iterate. The specification sheets (and other documents) for the device can serve as a guide, but the details of flight test configuration possibilities are immense and, in this community, typically not fully documented. This paper describes a process of creating a set of general rules describing characteristics of a configuration file and using those rules to discover the configuration constraints of telemetry devices automatically. The discovered constraints posed by a particular vendor’s device can then be quickly formed into a correct-by-construction constraint-based grammar for use in other systems.
    • Frequency Partition Techniques of FMCW Radar Imaging Systems for MIMO Multi-Static Array Modality

      Lee, Hua; Thornton, Matthew; University of California (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2016-11)
      The modalities of many imaging applications have been advancing toward the MIMO format for improved efficiency. This paper presents an approach to the implementation of the MIMO operating modality for FMCW radar imaging systems with multi-element data-acquisition arrays. The unique characteristics of the software-defined step-frequency FMCW imaging systems enable the simple and precise orthogonalization procedure through direct spectral partitioning. This paper includes the description of the data-acquisition hardware of an eighttransceiver radar imaging system, imaging formation algorithms, MIMO implementation, and results of laboratory experiments.

      Guo, Jing-Ming; Syue, Jin-Yu; Radzicki, Vincent; Lee, Hua; National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering; University of California, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2016-11)
      Degradation in visibility is often introduced to images captured in poor weather conditions, such as fog or haze. In this paper, a fusion-based transmission estimation method is introduced to adaptively combine two different transmission models. Specifically, the new fusion weighting scheme and the atmospheric light computed from the Gaussian-based dark channel method improves the estimation of the locations of the light sources. To reduce the flickering effect introduced during the process of frame-based dehazing, a flicker-free module is formulated to alleviate the impacts. The system assessments show this approach is capable of superior defogging and dehazing performance, compared to the state-of-the-art methods, both quantitatively and qualitatively

      Budd, Chris; SMART High Reliability Solutions (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2016-11)
      SSDs are now commonplace in all types of computing from consumer laptops to enterprise storage systems. However, most of those SSDs would not survive in environments with extreme temperatures or high shock and vibration such as found in embedded and military systems. The problems in this space are more than just mechanical; they involve all aspects of the design including electrical and even firmware. A combination of all three engineering disciplines is needed to provide a robust ruggedized SSD product.

      Terrien, Ron; Endress, William; Raytheon Missile Systems (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2016-11)
      In a previous paper “Merging Multiple Telemetry Files From Widely Separated Sources For Improved Data Integrity” presented at the 2012 ITC\USA conference, a method for synchronizing TM files at the minor frame level was presented. This paper expands on that work by describing a method for synchronizing the files at the minor frame level faster and at the earliest frame possible using an internal counter. This method is also useful if the minor frames fall out of sync due to large dropouts.

      Temple, Kip; Air Force Test Center (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2016-11)
      With National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) Advanced Wireless Services (AWS-3) auction of frequencies in the 1695-1710 MHz, 1755-1780MHz, and 2155- 2180MHz bands, users of the Aeronautical Mobile Telemetry (AMT) band from 1755- 1850MHz, known as Upper L-Band, could be greatly affected. This paper takes an initial look at how the 1755-1780MHz band will be used by the cellular carriers and presents some preliminary testing results of adjacent channel (band) interference that could be experienced by AMT users. This paper should be considered as the stepping off point for future interference discussions, required analysis, and further testing.

      Marcellin, Michael; Xin, Hao; Hoskins, Charles; Zukova, Alisa; Turnblade, Joel; Shi, Yiming; Burrola, Santiago; Univ Arizona (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2016-11)
      The objective of this design project is to use inkjet printers with conductive ink to print functional antennas. The project is sponsored by the University of Arizona Electrical and Computer Engineering department. The project was completed with a Design of Experiments to determine the best method for printing a working antenna with different printers, inks, substrates, and printing methods. Conductive ink was used with standard inkjet printers to create a twodimensional antenna print, and the final results describe the best method for doing so. This technology is particularly useful because printed antennas may be produced quickly and inexpensively. Some potential applications include creating RFID tags, radio technology, mobile phones, and sensors for aircrafts. The printed antennas are particularly useful for some of these applications due to the size and flexibility of the print.
    • International Telemetering Conference Proceedings, Volume 52 (2016)

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    • The Killer App – Combining Embedded Processors, FPGAs and Smart Software

      Cooke, Alan; Curtiss-Wright (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2016-11)
      In this paper, the benefits and advantages of combining advanced embedded processing capabilities with an FPGA based approach within a Data Acquisition Unit (DAU) are discussed. The paper begins with a discussion of some of the services and functionality that such a system enables. Basic features such as system discovery, verification, configuration and upgrade are discussed in addition to other value added services such as continuous built in test (CBIT) and embedded real-time parameter quick-look. Finally, the paper discusses some advanced services that could be deployed to these systems such as emerging communication protocols, multimedia connectivity and discovery, and advanced Machine Learning based systems diagnostics.

      Kosbar, Kurt; Mormile, Melanie; Brinker, Katelyn R.; Marcolina, Rebecca C.; Missouri University of Science and Technology (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2016-11)
      The Mars Rover Design Team is dedicated to building a next generation rover that will one day assist astronauts in the field. The complexity of such a project increases when the two conflicting design philosophies of agile software development and traditional waterfall development must work in tandem in order to design and construct a rover within a year. Agile software development promotes the flexible, testdriven production of coinciding design aspects, while the waterfall design philosophy relies on thorough planning and rigid, sequential design schedules. The project managers of the team work to balance these opposing philosophies by fostering individual interests, allowing team members to select their own focus areas within a wide variety of mission critical tasks. This practice accelerates the design and construction of the rover and in turn creates the momentum needed to achieve a common goal while consolidating both agile software and traditional waterfall development.

      Kosbar, Kurt; Miles, Michael; Jetter, Joshua; Missouri University of Science and Technology, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2016-11)
      A common issue faced by people who are visually impaired is the difficulty of navigating and traveling through unfamiliar outdoor and indoor environments. The current state-of-the-art solutions to this problem consist of very expensive guide dogs and simple canes for obstacle detection. The team sought to develop a LIDAR-based navigation system with binaural auditory feedback that would allow the blind to navigate in unfamiliar environments and perform basic obstacle avoidance. Though basic auditory feedback relating to environmental obstacles was developed, further work is necessary to fine-tune the system and to determine the practicality of the device.

      Ferrill, Micha; Avionics Test & Analysis Corporation (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2016-11)
      This paper will present our work developing a lightweight real-time display tool using opensource technologies. Specifically, the effort involves receiving data broadcast over UDP (User Datagram Protocol) from an IRIG 106 Chapter 10 compliant recorder and then selecting specific data elements for display within a web browser. A small processing engine written in Python runs the data collection and processing while a small web server also written in Python provides data values for display. The web browser portion utilizes an open-source JavaScript plotting library to display values in real time.

      Rice, Michael; Hogstrom, Christopher; Nash, Christopher; Brigham Young University (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2016-11)
      This paper describes how to locate and remove periodically inserted preamble and ASM bit fields in the presence of the phase ambiguity caused by decision-directed PLLs used in most telemetry demodulators. The phase ambiguity is resolved by correlating rotated or delayed versions of the data with a stored template of the preamble and ASM bits. A finite state machine in conjunction with a FIFO is used to remove the preamble and ASM bits from the output bit stream.
    • Low Cost Unmanned Aircraft System for Autonomous Flight and Computer Vision Tasks

      Marcellin, Michael W.; Hung, David; Allred, Coby; Univ Arizona, Dept Elect & Comp Engn (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2016-11)
      The Arizona Autonomous Vehicles Club is participating in the 2016 AUVSI Student Unmanned Aerial Systems Competition which offers various challenges to be completed by a fully autonomous aerial vehicle. To complete various mission objectives, a low cost, rotary-wing platform was developed and deployed. The vehicle was assembled and upgraded for autonomous capability using commercially available components and open sourced software.

      Kosbar, Kurt; Maruska, John; Schad, Judah; Missouri University of Science and Technology, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2016-11)
      This paper discusses a modular open source electronic soil analysis system embedded in a remote vehicle designed for use on a colonizationeffort Mars rover. The embedded system consists of a soil extraction drill sheath, a temperature and moisture array sensor sheath, a sample return bay specialized for RamanFluorescence spectrometry, and an Ethernet bridge radio for communication, all controlled through several microcontroller boards. A Windowsbased graphical engagement application provides real time control. A Linuxbased scripting application provides postprocessing, graphing, and statistical analysis. All software and electrical hardware has been made opensource for the public to build upon.
    • Minimum Euclidean Distance Algorithm for Indoor WiFi Received Signal Strength (RSS) Fingerprinting

      Moazzami, Farzad; Dean, Richard A.; Astatke, Yacob; Zegeye, Wondimu K.; Amsalu, Seifemichael B.; Morgan State University, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2016-11)
      While WiFi-based indoor localization is attractive, the need for a significant degree of pre-deployment effort is a key challenge. In this paper, indoor localization with no pre-deployment effort in an indoor space, such as an office building corridor, with WiFi coverage but no apriori knowledge of the placement of the access points(APs) is implemented for mobile devices. WiFi Received Signal Strength(RSS) in the considered environment is used to build radio maps using WiFi fingerprinting approach. Two architectures are developed based on this localization algorithm. The first one involves a client-server approach where the localization algorithm runs on the server whereas the second one is a standalone architecture and the algorithm runs on the SD card of the mobile device.

      Saha, Dola; Doddapaneni, Purna; Wofford, Quincy; Maneth, Nicole; University of Kansas, Information and Telecommunication Technology Center (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2016-11)
      What could we learn from monitoring our body processes with various portable sensors and an unconstrained analysis platform? Physiological processes in the human body produce observable biosignals. These signals contain a wealth of information about the condition of the body, and its reaction to environmental factors. Our study harnesses 9 unique sensors, integrated by the eHealthSensor platform for Arduino, to transmit data to an Android device. The Android device contains a local PostgreSQL database, which synchronizes with the cloud. Using this platform, researchers can monitor a subjects biosignals as they ride a roller coaster or participate in exercise activities. Nurses can monitor the vitals of multiple patients remotely. Analytic, cloud based services, managed by healthcare providers, could ultimately enable automated diagnosis of medical conditions.

      Eckman, Bill; Irvin, Dana; Lokshin, Kirill; Puri, Amit; Ingenicomm Inc. (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2016-11)
      The conventional architecture of modern telemetry and signal processing systems typically relies on some combination of specialized hardware and firmware components integrated with commercial rackmount computer platforms running off-the-shelf operating systems. The evolution of the modern system-on-a-chip (SoC) architecture, which tightly couples traditional field-programmable gate array (FPGA) elements with high-performance embedded microprocessor cores, offers an alternative to this conventional approach. When effectively utilized, the SoC approach can provide several advantages, including reduced system size and power, increased system security, and lower lifetime operating costs. This paper discusses the benefits offered by embedded SoC architectures for the implementation of satellite telemetry processing systems, and presents an example design that demonstrates advantages with respect to security, reliability, maintainability, footprint, and cost.