Curtiss-Wright has a comprehensive range of flight test equipment, from data acquisition to ground stations, that provide a complete solution from sensor to screen. The Acra KAM-500 has over a hundred modules available that support advanced signal conditioning, avionics bus monitoring, video/audio compression, integrated data logging and multiple output formats. The same modular airborne data acquisition products are used to build both single chassis and large distributed systems in PCM, Ethernet, or hybrid topologies. For Ethernet systems, switches provide interconnections across the system, offering data transmission, programming and precision time synchronization over a single cable using standard technologies.
The system is supported by powerful, intuitive software that enables fast setup and programming as well as tight integration for display and analysis. Recorders use SATA, CF and PCAP, IRIG 106 Ch 4/10 to ensure immediate open access to data. An added bonus is a large user base for support and services.
Curtiss-Wright employs standard networking protocols that include the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), IEEE 1588 PTP, Unicast Datagram Protocol (UDP) and the Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP). XidML, an open XML metadata standard for the aerospace community, provides a vendor-neutral hardware configuration platform that describes how data is acquired, processed and packaged for transmission, storage or reproduction.
Curtiss-Wright offers analysis software that has been specially designed to deliver a powerful, economical, integrated solution for flight test applications. GS Studio 3 supports configuration and management of Acra GTS-500 ground stations. It features an intuitive user interface that facilitates quick and easy configuration changes.
GS Works is a real-time and post-test display and analysis software suite designed specifically for the flight test community. The software provides customers quality data, as it is tightly integrated with GTS-500 ground station systems. For maximum efficiency and scalability, it utilizes multi-core capabilities with a multi-threaded architecture. The software caches every data point to disk to enable immediate scroll back through the time history. Data continues to be stored in real-time, can be instantly transferred to another analysis workstation and is never lost.