Acra KAM-500 Data Acquisition Systems

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Acra KAM-500 Data Acquisition Systems

Compact, low-weight & high-performance DAUs

Our modular data acquisition units (DAUs) let you create custom systems using COTS elements. Choose from a selection of chassis and over a hundred modules to create the exact combination to meet your requirements. This modularity minimizes inventory requirements and provides a proven, easy migration path to new networking and sensor technologies greatly extending system lifetime and reducing life cycle costs.

Acra KAM-500 Chassis
Compact, low-weight & high-performance chassis for airborne acquisition & transmission systems.
Analog Modules
Connect to sensors used to measure strain, temperature, vibration, etc. in rugged data acquisition systems used in flight test instrumentation and other avionics applications.
Bus Monitor Modules
Capture data from a wide variety of avionics busses, including ARINC-429, MIL-STD-1553, ARINC-664 pt7, and RS-232/422/485.
Backplane Controller Modules
Synchronize module operation and transfers data from one module to another.
Digital Modules
Capture data from digital sources used for engine speed measurement, data capture from a parallel bus, and event timestamping.
Encoding Modules
Encode data into a format suitable for transmitting to an external source, such as another rugged data acquisition unit, a recorder, or an RF transmitter.
Other Modules
Add functionality, such as video encoding, storage, GPS and time inputs, data processing, and Ethernet switching, to your flight test instrumentation or other avionics application.
Acra KAM-500 Data Acquisition Accessories
Enhance your Acra KAM-500 data acquisition system with field-proven accessories.

Curtiss-Wright Acra KAM-500 Brochure

Curtiss-Wright is the largest rugged aerospace data acquisition provider in the world, with decades of experience as a trusted, proven leader in aviation technology. The Acra KAM-500 data acquisition system (DAS) is one of our most widely installed aerospace lines with over 14,000 systems shipped worldwide to date.

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Aerospace Instrumentation Brochure

Modern aerospace instrumentation systems can be highly complex, and it can be difficult to know how to meet program needs. It’s not unusual for requirements to change during a campaign and cause significant delays, and data must be captured reliably no matter what – otherwise expensive additional flights will be needed or months of program data could be lost. Read our brochure to learn how you can reduce your risk with commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions. 

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Instrumenting an electric vertical take off and landing vehicle

An eVTOL had a strict design target to be as light and compact as possible to accommodate the unique all-electric design (including propulsion) and operational requirements. This left little room for installing FTI, forcing equipment mass and wiring to be kept to a minimum. Read the case study to learn more about the challenges integrators faced and how an FTI system was installed successfully on time in the extremely limited space available.

Reliable and flexible data capture is key to fight test and monitoring

Modern aerospace instrumentation systems can be highly complex, with changing requirements that can cause significant delays. Reliably capturing data is essential to avoid expensive additional flights or the loss of months of program data. Curtiss-Wright provides a comprehensive range of cutting-edge COTS and customizable systems that have been engineered to meet these challenges. When you use our systems, you automatically get an expert partner with decades of experience that can extend your system architect/design team to deliver a future-proof total system solution.