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Rugged Instrumentation System Solutions for Applications with Limited Space

March 29, 2021 | BY: Paul Cook, Stephen Willis

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Aerospace data acquisition systems are used for a number of applications, including flight test, operational monitoring and collecting data from onboard systems and experiments. They typically consist of multiple elements, such as data acquisition units (DAU), recorders, and transmitters.

For many aircraft, there is sufficient space to place these elements in a dedicated instrumentation rack and/or throughout the aircraft. It is advantageous, for example, to place DAUs close to sensors and a transmitter close to the antenna.

However, there are several aircraft where there is a very limited amount of space available to install any hardware. This is particularly true for platforms such as missiles and smaller UAVs, but is also the case for post-production aircraft, especially military jets and smaller rotorcraft.

One solution is to create a dedicated line replaceable unit (LRU), with all the elements optimally integrated into a single package. Unfortunately, such solutions are rarely flexible which can lead to increased time and cost in a program.

This white paper examines the challenges and solutions for implementing a compact data acquisition package, with a particular focus on missiles, and proposes a modular solution to best meet tight space and installation time requirements without compromising system flexibility.

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Author’s Biography

Paul Cook

Director of Missile Systems, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions

Paul Cook is the Director of Missile Systems at Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions. He has 37 years of extensive design and product line experience in Telemetry Systems. He has held both engineering and management positions in Design & Development, Embedded Encryption, RF Subsystems and Data Links, Engineering & Business Management, and Program Management. He has 34 years of experience in the Telemetry industry and 3 years in Information Assurance Type I CCEP certifications. Paul joined Teletronics in 2007 and in addition, worked in the Telemetry Industry for General Dynamics Corporation, Aydin Corporation, and L-3 Communications Corporation. Paul obtained a BS degree from The College of New Jersey and has various postgraduate courses towards a MBA and Program Management Certifications.

Author’s Biography

Stephen Willis

Marketing Portfolio Manager

Stephen Willis works for Curtiss-Wright in the role of Marketing Portfolio Manager. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering, a Masters in Philosophy for research in mathematical models and their market application for risk assessment and a PG Dip in marketing and management. His current research interests include data acquisition, recording and control systems and their applications in enabling a cost effective route to gathering large amounts of data. In particular, applications of interest include flight test, crash protected recording and structural/ usage monitoring programs. He is the author of several of academic papers and magazine articles.

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