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Using Aircraft Crash Protected Recorders in Missile Test Applications

May 30, 2018 | BY: Paul Cook, Steve Leaper

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Any flight test application creates difficult requirements for instrumentation systems due to the harsh environments encountered. Missile test takes these complications even further as there are even harsher environmental conditions that electronics must operate in and the equipment is typically destroyed during the test.

The solution is to use a proven reliable system that can telemeter data to the ground but this isn’t always possible as sometimes the link will be disrupted. This disruption is particularly true for penetrator type missiles (commonly known as ‘bunker busters’) which enter the ground, buildings or structures where telemetering reception is lost. The valuable data in these last moments is therefore also lost.

The solution is to use a system with a recording capability that can survive missile impacts. Such a recorder would require a special construction and is not typically available off-the-shelf for missile test operations. However, such recorders (known as Flight Data Recorders) are used extensively in commercial aircraft and increasingly in military aircraft too.

This white paper discusses how such readily available crash protected recording devices can be combined with rugged data acquisition and transmission systems. These systems can provide reliable off -the-shelf solutions to capture data for later analysis where telemetry isn’t possible.

Figure 1: Cross Section of Typical Guided Missile

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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

Steve Leaper

Product and Avionics Bids Manager

Steve Leaper works for Curtiss-Wright in the role of product manager for flight recorders and bids manager. He joined Curtiss-Wright in 1986, initially working with tape based voice and flight data recorders. Steve has spent virtually all of his career working with the flight recorder product range, with extensive knowledge of the product range and requirements. Steve has held the positions of engineer, programme manager and had key account management responsibility for Leonardo Helicopters, BAE Systems, and Collins Technologies (formerly Goodrich) amongst others whilst also representing Curtiss-Wright at international committees such as ARINC and EUROCAE.

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