• PERFORMANCE RESULTS USING DATA QUALITY ENCAPSULATION (DQE) AND BEST SOURCE SELECTION (BSS) IN AERONAUTICAL TELEMETRY ENVIRONMENTS

      Geoghegan, Mark; Schumacher, Robert; Quasonix (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2017-10)
      Flight test telemetry environments can be particularly challenging due to RF shadowing, interference, multipath propagation, antenna pattern variations, and large operating ranges. In cases where the link quality is unacceptable, applying multiple receiving assets to a single test article can significantly improve the overall link reliability. The process of combining multiple received streams into a single consolidated stream is called Best Source Selection (BSS). Recent developments in BSS technology include a description of the maximum likelihood detection approach for combining multiple bit sources, and an efficient protocol for providing the real-time data quality metrics necessary for optimal BSS performance. This approach is being standardized and will be included in Appendix 2G of IRIG-106-17. This paper describes the application of this technology and presents performance results obtained during flight testing.