• COMMON DATA PROCESSING APPLICATIONS ACROSS DECOMMUTATION VENDORS

      Bauer, William; Mann, Phillip; Raytheon Missile Systems (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2018-11)
      Traditional Decom Systems usually require vendor specific data descriptions and provide vendor specific processing capabilities. Using a Software Decom allows the Decom hardware to be setup with a minimal configuration. The added capability of a UDP Multicast over Ethernet for the framed decommutated data allows for common Applications to perform the heavy lifting of Archiving, Real Time Display, and Distributed Processing. Any PC listening on the Local Area Network can access the telemetry data in real-time. This allows common real-time displays, archival tools and data forwarding applications to all run simultaneously.
    • COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS FOR CUBESAT MISSIONS

      Case, Anna; Kosbar, Kurt; Missouri University of Science and Technology, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2018-11)
      Several design iterations of communication systems at the Missouri S&T Satellite Research Team reveal that software defined radios (SDR) are viable for low cost, fully functional, and reliable communication systems. Recent licensing policy changes have impacted a number of CubeSat missions, prompting the necessity of bandwidth efficient communication. In searching for solutions to minimize spectral congestion, these systems need to minimize power consumption and maximize data throughput. The flexibility that SDRs provide allows for dynamic link control in orbit. Once completed, the code used to implement this system will be open-sourced for future missions use.
    • COMPARISON OF FPGA EQUALIZER IMPLEMENTATIONS FOR HIGH-SPEED DATA TELEMETRY

      Schmalz, Daniel; Lennon, Joseph; Wang, Enkuang; Brothers, Timothy; Georgia Tech Research Institute (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2018-11)
      This paper examines the real-time implementation of equalization techniques. Telemetry RF channels are formidable due to the nature of desert test ranges – specifically due to multipath, changing path loss from environmental effects, and thermal distortions. This challenge is further complicated by the high velocity nature of test assets. Optimization of channel equalization in a real-time scenario is essential for high speed data telemetry over extended distances. This paper examines the mathematical background of equalization techniques and presents results based on FPGA implementations. The results were obtained from Vivado High Level Synthesis (HLS), which generates HDL from C/C++, as well as traditional VHDL coding. The contribution to the state of the art in this paper is the determination of the technological maturity of HLS versus traditional hand coding and the comparison of FPGA implementations of equalization algorithms against current platforms.
    • COMPREHENSIVE SPECTRUM MONITORING SYSTEM (COSMOS) FOR NEXT-GENERATION SPECTRUM SITUATIONAL AWARENESS

      Ziegler, Robert; Triolo, Anthony; Samtani, Sunil; Weaver, Joshua; Perspecta Labs; US Naval Sea Systems Command (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2018-11)
      Comprehensive Spectrum Monitoring System (COSMOS) is Perspecta Labs’ solution for Next-Generation Spectrum Situational Awareness (NGS2AS), a Spectrum Access R&D Program solicited and awarded through the National Spectrum Consortium. COSMOS will incorporate a mix of low-cost unattended RF sensors, networked using industry-standard interfaces; versatile back-end server processing and storage of sensor data; spectrum data analytics, reporting and visualization; and incorporation of historical and projected frequency usage data from DoD systems for planning of training and test missions. This paper describes the architecture and design of the COSMOS system and its sensor and server subsystems.
    • COMPRESSION, WHY, WHAT AND COMPROMISES

      Hightower, Paul; Instrumentation Technology Systems (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2018-11)
      Each 1080 video frame requires 6.2 MB of storage; archiving a one minute clip requires 22GB. Playing a 1080p/60 video requires sustained rates of 400 MB/S. These storage and transport parameters pose major technical and cost hurdles. Even the latest technologies would only support one channel of such video. Content creators needed a solution to these road blocks to enable them to deliver video to viewers and monetize efforts. Over the past 30 years a pyramid of techniques have been developed to provide ever increasing compression efficiency. These techniques make it possible to deliver movies on Blu-ray disks, over Wi-Fi and Ethernet. However, there are tradeoffs. Compression introduces latency, image errors and resolution loss. The exact effect may be different from image to image. BER may result the total loss of strings of frames. We will explore these effects and how they impact test quality and reduce the benefits that HD cameras/lenses bring telemetry.
    • Constraint Gain for Two Dimensional Magnetic Recording Channels

      Bahrami, Mohsen; Vasic, Bane; Marcellin, Michael; Univ Arizona, Dept Elect & Comp Engn (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2018-11)
      In this paper, we study performance gains of constrained codes in Two dimensional Magnetic Recording (TDMR) channels using the notion of constraint gain. We consider Voronoi based TDMR channels with realistic grain, bit, track and magnetic-head dimensions. Specifically, we investigate the constraint gain for two-dimensional no-isolated-bit constraint over Voronoi based TDMR channels. We focus on schemes that employ the generalized belief propagation algorithm for obtaining information rate estimates for TDMR channels.
    • CRTM C-band Lab Test Results

      Picha, Bob; Nokia Corporation of America (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2018-11)
    • CURRENT AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS IN FLIGHT TEST CONFIGURATION TECHNIQUES

      Whittington, Austin; Ibaroudene, Hakima; Abbott, Ben; Yao, Di; Hite, Joseph; Bapty, Theodore; Moskal, Jakub; Neumann, Michael; Southwest Research Institute; Vanderbilt University; et al. (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2018-11)
      As technologies like network-based telemetry and standardized configuration languages begin to see wider adoption within the flight test community, new techniques exploring the new possibilities they provide are also developed. This paper reviews a subset of these techniques, including successful use in commercial flight test, focusing on the concepts of constraints and their application in the field, specifically their use in helping users to create correct-by-construction configurations. We then explore ongoing efforts with the Air Force and DARPA to extend these techniques into constraint satisfaction and real-time adaptation, providing the ability to create and adapt configurations to match (possibly changing) test requirements.
    • DECOUPLING HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE CONCERNS IN AIRCRAFT TELEMETRY SDR SYSTEMS

      Price, Nathan; Kosbar, Kurt; Missouri University of Science & Technology, Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2018-11)
      Prior work has shown that software defined radio has the ability to reduce the size, weight, power and cost of telemetry and avionics. We propose a virtualized transceiver architecture that supports multiple concurrent software defined radio (SDR) applications running on shared SDR hardware. This paper applies the concept of virtual transceivers to SDR for telemetry and avionics. The proposed design allows for transceivers to be shared between different SDR applications by taking advantage of time separation and frequency adjacency. This paper addresses the system layout, hardware selection, and software organization. Improvements include a scalable and considerations for both redundancy and upgradability.
    • The Design and Application of C-band Base Station Based Multi-target Telemetry Network System

      Shiwei, Guo; Zhongjie, Wang; Xin, Zhang; Zhaohui, Huo; Chinese Flight Test Establishment (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2018-11)
      A C-band base station based multi-target telemetry network system for flight test is designed in this paper. The requirements of multi-target transmission are realized by TDMA and TDD technology. And the transmission rate of up to 50 Mbps is provided by the high efficient modulation method. An integrated air-to-ground telemetry network is built with C-band wireless two-way link. The telemetry signals of super large airspace are covered seamlessly through multiple base stations, therefore the shortage of current telemetry is solved, and the demand of multi-target and mass date transmission for flight test is satisfied. The development of the system provides technical support for the high speed data transmission of the flight test, which will lay a foundation for the construction of integrated air-to-ground test and the test network system.
    • DEVELOPMENT AND VALIDATION OF AN APPLICATION FOR PITCH DROP

      Guarino de Vasconcelos, Luiz Eduardo; Kusumoto, André Yoshimi; Roberto, Leandro; Zanette, João Vitor; Oliveira Leite, Nelson Paiva; Araujo Lopes, Cristina Moniz; Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA); Instituto de Pesquisas e Ensaios em Voo (IPEV); Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE); Instituto de Estudos Avançados (IEAV); et al. (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2018-11)
      Of all the stages of the process of store separation, the flight test stage is the most expensive stage. Thus, the smaller the number of flights, the better. One step prior to in-flight tests is the pitch drop. In this stage, the use of a computer vision solution can assist engineers during the test to determine whether the test point was safe or not. When using cameras in any activity that requires accuracy in the results, it is necessary to perform the calibration of the optical system used in the tests. The IPEV has developed a solution that (1) the construction of a calibration field so that camera calibrations can be performed using a single frame; (2) a method for carrying out pitch drop test; (3) and an application that uses computational vision to process data from high-acquisition-rate cameras and generate the results in 6DoF. The development and validation of the solution are described in this work.
    • DOPPLER ESTIMATION AND COMPENSATION FOR LTE-BASED AERONAUTICAL MOBILE TELEMETRY

      Fung, Eddie; Johnson, William H.; Kogiantis, Achilles; Rege, Kiran M.; Perspecta Labs (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2018-11)
      High Doppler shifts between base stations and test articles (TAs) pose the biggest problem to Aeronautical mobile telemetry (AMT) implemented on a wireless LTE network. Our solution to this problem includes a Doppler estimator/compensator (DEC) that proactively shifts the LTE uplink (LTE UL) signals transmitted by the TA. We have designed the DEC in the form of an applique’ that can be inserted between the transmit/receive ports of a COTS TA transceiver and its antenna(s). The DEC estimates the Doppler shift using the LTE UL signals transmitted by the TA, which carry a frequency offset that includes the Doppler shift. This not only provides a clean, noise- and fading-free signal for Doppler estimation, but also allows us to do away with the need to know the identity of the base station with which the TA is communicating. In this paper, we provide an architectural description of the DEC and an outline of the algorithms that have been incorporated into it. At present, a laboratory prototype of the DEC has been developed using Universal Software Radio Peripherals (USRPs), coupled with a Linux PC to carry out most of the computations. An FPGA-based implementation is currently under development.
    • DTN ROUTING PROTOCOLS FOR DRONE SWARM TELEMETRY

      Brown, Jason R.; Rohrer, Justin P.; Naval Postgraduate School, Department of Computer Science (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2018-11)
      Drone swarms pose a particular challenge to telemetry networks, due to the number of airborne nodes involved, and their potential to overwhelm the available bandwidth on the communications channel with simultaneous telemetry streams. Previously, we saw that mobile ad-hoc (MANET) routing protocols could exacerbate this issue by flooding the network with routing-control packets. In this work we model the Naval Postgraduate School fixed-wing drone swarm and compare the performance of several disruption-tolerant networking (DTN) routing protocols designed to address these challenges.
    • DYNAMIC OBSTACLE CHARACTERIZATION AND AVOIDANCE FOR UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS

      Norland, Kyle; Marcellin, Michael W.; Univ Arizona, Dept Syst & Ind Engn (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2018-11)
      To address the challenge of avoiding dynamic obstacles during the course of the 2018 SUAS competition, a multistage obstacle characterization and avoidance algorithm was designed and implemented. The obstacle characterization section begins with simple base assumptions about behavior and goes through several more advanced stages of obstacle characterization and prediction as more data arises and advanced behavior is detected. The path finding section of the algorithm uses a recursive Monte Carlo path sampling function with a flexible structure that allows for usage with varying computational budgets. It also restricts its computational usage depending on the level of variability in the obstacles.
    • Early Flightline Radio Network Demonstration

      Picha, Bob; Nokia Corporation of America (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2018-11)
    • THE EFFECTS OF LOSSY EEG COMPRESSION ON ERP ANALYSIS

      Phillips, Andrew J.; Creusere, Charles D.; New Mexico State University, Klipsch School of Electrical & Computer Engineering (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2018-11)
      This paper analyzes lossy data compression in the specific context of event-related potential (ERP) analysis of electroencephalography (EEG) data. The lossy data compression techniques analyzed here are bit-rate quantization and frequency truncation using the discrete cosine transform (DCT). Within the context of both methods it is demonstrated that ERP analysis waveforms yield significant data compression advantages over raw EEG data. It is found from the experimental results that for any given quantization error bound, utilization of ERP analysis requires approximately 3 fewer bits per EEG sample than normalized EEG data. Additionally, given any error bound for frequency truncation, at least 30% more total DCT coefficients can be discarded when utilizing ERP analysis instead of raw EEG data. The results hold significant implications for large-scale medical applications that rely on ERP analysis of EEG data.
    • ELIMINATING WIRING IN AIRCRAFT INSTRUMENTATION THROUGH ENERGY HARVESTING

      Thompson, Rebecca; Hull, Thalia; Rice, Dr. Michael; BYU, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; BYU, Department of Mechanical Engineering (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2018-11)
      Installing the many sensors required for flight testing is currently a difficult and awkward process requiring significant wiring. Short term sensor installation could be greatly improved if individual sensors did not have to be connected to a distant power source. This paper proposes that small aerodynamic vibration energy harvesting devices could provide power directly to sensors and simplify installation. To investigate feasibility, the simplest known energy harvester configuration is chosen. A mathematical model to represent the device is then developed. A test scenario using the aerodynamic vibrations present on the F-15B aircraft is then incorporated into the model. The test results are analyzed to determine if the energy harvesting device can produce sufficient energy to justify further analysis. Finally, potential design improvements are discussed.
    • AN ENGINEER’S GUIDE TO TMoIPv6

      Hoffman, Richard W. III; GDP Space Systems (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2018-11)
      As an increasing number of telemetry range architectures move toward a TMoIP-centric distribution system, operators are being confronted with another evolving requirement to ensure future IPv6 capability and a migration path from an IPv4-based system design. In order to facilitate a better understanding of some of the challenges and opportunities that IPv6 migration presents the modern range operator, this paper endeavors to present the past decade’s experience of range TMoIP implementation in the context of the emergent IPv6 technology and requirements. An overview of a myriad of concepts such as address space allocation, device-specific implementation differences, management protocol handling, and the differences between IPv4 and IPv6 versions, will provide opportunities to discuss the implications of these issues on the successful implementation of high-availability telemetry delivery systems in an IP-based environment.
    • FAST CLASSIFICATION OF LEAF IMAGES FOR AGRICULTURAL REMOTE SENSING APPLICATIONS

      Gajjar, Viraj; Lai, Ze-Hao; Kosbar, Kurt; Missouri University of Science and Technology (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2018-11)
      This paper introduces a method of classifying leaves using machine learning. Considerable emphasis has been put on leaf classification for use in remote sensing applications such as plant phenotyping and precision agriculture. Convolutional neural networks (CNN) have been extensively used in computer vision for image classification. However, CNN can be computationally expensive. This paper describes a method that achieves a comparable accuracy, with a lower computational burden, using a support vector machine (SVM) classifier. This method uses image processing algorithms to extract features from Hough transform and Hough Lines. These features are then integrated with those extracted from binary images, and “eigenleaves” extracted from grayscale, gradient, and different color-space images of leaves as data preprocessing for classification. The classifier is implemented on two publicly available datasets: Flavia and Swedish; and is able to achieve state-of-the-art accuracies using a SVM classifier.
    • FEMTOSATS: ELEGANT FLIGHT TELEMETRY PAYLOADS FOR MODEL ROCKETS

      Willis, Jacob; Holtom, Jacob; Walton, Patrick; Smith, Jackson; Wallin, Nikolai; Long, David G.; BYU, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2018-11)
      An elegant telemetry payload, which transmits IMU, atmospheric, or light data during flight and deployment from a small model rocket, is presented. Data is received by a custom, mobile, handpointed ground station. The payload is patterned after a thumb-sized satellite, called a femtosat. Its design is optimized for ease of implementation. The femtosat system resulted from a grassroots, student peer-mentoring program developed at Brigham Young University.