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Connectivity

The Future of Managing Mission-Critical Systems

Adhering to functional safety standards is demanding in terms of both time and money.

Briefs
Test & Measurement

New Mathematical Tool Can Select the Best Sensors for The Job

A mathematical framework can help engineers make informed decisions about which sensors to use and where they must be positioned in aircraft and other machines.

News
Unmanned Systems

Reconstructing Accidents in the ADAS Age

With advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS) evolving rapidly, the technology will continue to improve safety as it augments the skill and attention of human drivers. Accidents will still occur,...

Articles
Sensors/Data Acquisition

Development of a Secure Private Neural Network Capability

Learn how to fully implement a Secure Private Neural Network.

News
Manned Systems

Self-Driving Trucks Cut Fuel Consumption by 10%

Enhancing safety and helping combat driver shortages are two benefits that heavy-duty autonomous-truck proponents have preached during development. You can now add significant fuel savings...

Application Briefs
Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Data Recorder and Mission Computer

Curtiss-Wright Corporation
Ashburn, VA
703-779-7800
www.curtisswrightds.com

Curtiss-Wright's Defense Solutions division was awarded a contract by Tactical Air Support, Inc. (Tactical Air)...

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Data Acquisition

Complexity of Autonomous-Systems Simulation, Validation Soars to the Clouds

As the auto industry strives to improve safety and edge towards high-level automated driving, the complexity of proving that electronic vehicle controls will...

Features
Medical

Implementing IEC 62304 for Safe and Effective Medical Device Software, PART 2

The reliability of the embedded software used in medical devices and the risk associated with it has become a vital concern. IEC 62304, “Medical device...

Briefs
Software

Automated Transfer Function Generator

When designing or analyzing electrical systems, it is important to understand the relationship between input and output. Power conversion occurs in a “black box,” and transfer functions can be used to provide a better understanding of the processes occurring in this black box. Although they provide a...

Technology Update
Defense

Signal Compression Technology Enables E-Fan's Flight, Potential Enhanced 'Black Box' Possibilities

V-Nova Ltd. demonstrated the capabilities of its PERSEUS data compression technology for aerospace applications as part of Airbus’...

Briefs
Communications

Flight Imagery Recorder Locator (FIRLo) and High-Temperature Radome

LDSD (Low Density Supersonic Decelerator) is a Mars EDL (entry, descent, and landing) Technology Development Project that launches three test vehicles out of the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai. On the test vehicle, most mission science data can be recorded safely on...

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Electronics & Computers

An Automated Safeto- Mate (ASTM) Tester

Safe-to-mate testing is a common hardware safety practice where impedance measurements are made on unpowered hardware to verify isolation, continuity, or impedance between pins of an interface connector. Performing this on critical flight hardware under test and its associated GSE ensures minimal risk when...

Articles
Lighting

LED Light Engine Standardization

After Nick Holonyak invented the practical visible LED in 1962, the first commercial products were limited in brightness and only to applications such as red indicator lights and seven segment displays. In...

Application Briefs
Photonics/Optics

Designing Optical Systems With Off-The-Shelf Products

Utilization of COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) products is now almost a bylaw of government and military design projects and is becoming of increasing interest in commercial designs, as...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Common Bolted Joint Analysis Tool

Common Bolted Joint Analysis Tool (comBAT) is an Excel/VB-based bolted joint analysis/optimization program that lays out a systematic foundation for an inexperienced or seasoned analyst to determine fastener size, material, and assembly torque for a given design. Analysts are able to perform numerous...

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Electronics & Computers

Miniaturized Airborne Imaging Central Server System

In recent years, some remote-sensing applications require advanced airborne multi-sensor systems to provide high performance reflective and emissive spectral imaging measurement rapidly over large areas. The key or unique problem of characteristics is associated with a black box back-end system...

Briefs
Software

Marsviewer 2008

Marsviewer 2008 is designed for quality control, browsing, and operational and science analysis of images and derived image products returned by spacecraft. This program allows all derived products (reduced data records, or RDRs) associated with each original image (experiment data record, or EDR) to be viewed in various ways,...

Briefs
Software

Product Operations Status Summary Metrics

The Product Operations Status Summary Metrics (POSSUM) computer program provides a readable view into the state of the Phoenix Operations Product Generation Subsystem (OPGS) data pipeline. POSSUM provides a user interface that can search the data store, collect product metadata, and display the results...

Briefs
Information Technology

Considering Software Protection for Embedded Systems

Given the current trend of reprogrammable embedded devices within the Department of Defense and industry, attention needs to be refocused on the benefits or measurability of software protection applied to this domain. Modern reconfigurable embedded systems consider circuits as software and the...

Applications
Medical

Automated Anesthesia System Performs with Programming Software

When conducting a surgical procedure, doctors typically administer anesthetics to block all sensation for the patient, including pain and distress. Based on the type of...

Briefs
Information Technology

Software Virtual Networks Integrate Training and Operation of Wireless Net-Centric Warfare Systems

Military planners are aggressively developing network-centric warfare platforms that use wireless communications as a force multiplier. The...

Briefs
Electronics & Computers

Single-Camera Panoramic-Imaging Systems

Panoramic detection systems (PDSs) are developmental video monitoring and image-data processing systems that, as their name indicates, acquire panoramic views. More specifically, a PDS acquires images...

Briefs
Software

Reducing a Knowledge-Base Search Space When Data Are Missing

This software addresses the problem of how to efficiently execute a knowledge base in the presence of missing data. Computationally, this is an exponentially expensive operation that without heuristics generates a search space of 1 + 2n possible scenarios, where n is the...

Articles
Software

Embedded Databases: Data Management for Real-Time and Embedded Systems

The term embedded database was coined in the 1980s to mean a database management system (DBMS) that is embedded into an application, in contrast to large central...

Briefs
Software

Secure Display of Space-Exploration Images

Java EDR Display Interface (JEDI) is software for either local display or secure Internet distribution, to authorized clients, of image data acquired from cameras aboard spacecraft engaged in exploration of remote planets. ("EDR" signifies "experimental data record," which, in effect, signifies image...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Shuttle-Data-Tape XML Translator

JSDTImport is a computer program for translating native Shuttle Data Tape (SDT) files from American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) format into databases in other formats. JSDTImport solves the problem of organizing the SDT content, affording flexibility to enable users to choose how to store...

Briefs
Electronics & Computers

Survivable Failure Data Recorders for Spacecraft

A spacecraft may be unable to communicate critical data associated with a serious or catastrophic failure. A brief report proposes a system, somewhat like a commercial aircraft "black box," for retrieving these data. A microspacecraft attached to the prime spacecraft would continually store recent...

Briefs
Electronics & Computers

Failure-Reporting Device Concept for Spacecraft and Remote Vehicles

Failure-reporting devices somewhat similar to the “black box” data recorders on aircraft have been proposed. These devices were conceived for use on spacecraft, but might also be useful on terrestrial autonomous underwater vessels or terrestrial remote exploratory robots....