Attend the Aerospace and Defense Summit on August 2 and 3 and visit the Aerospace and Defense Pavilion on the exhibit floor.
Learn how NI customers are addressing the entire life cycle of aerospace and defense systems using graphical system design tools to develop solutions ranging from software defined test systems to deployed real-time embedded systems for control, monitoring, and operation that reduce total program cost and lower program risk.
The event is for systems engineers, test system developers, test program managers, embedded systems designers, and researchers.
Orbital ATK’s RPO Lab is used to evaluate sensors, algorithms, and software for six-degrees-of-freedom satellite-to-satellite docking approaches with full, 5:1, or 20:1 scale mockups on Stäubli robots using a 10 m track. NI is an integral part of the lab, which features NI PXI chassis (RS422, FPGA, analog output, and multifunction DAQ devices) and wireless sensor network (WSN) nodes. Lab projects also combine LabVIEW, LabVIEW FPGA, VeriStand, and WSN software with The MathWorks, Inc. MATLAB® software for models and C++ flight software (CompactPCI or flight avionics).
Sustainability of legacy weapon systems is key to the preparedness of the modern war fighter. As legacy military assets become obsolete, new solutions are required to mitigate system downtime and facilitate rapid integration with newly developed systems. NI provides an array of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware solutions that begin to address these issues; however, signal conditioning and custom software are required to maintain backward compatibility and produce viable and affordable, state-of-the-art solutions. At this session, explore system- and application-level COTS solutions developed using a modular approach to address obsolescence in legacy weapon systems.
G Systems developed a PXI-based, dual-chassis test system using the LabVIEW Real-Time Module to control force/load and measure strain, deflection, and structural failure. System features include 160 channels of strain, 48 channels of force control, 16 channels of position/deflection, and 96 channels of general-purpose digital I/O. A custom-designed watchdog system monitors the system’s health and safety. At this session, G Systems offers real-world insight into multichassis synchronization using PXI Express to develop and implement a successful high-channel-count structural test system.
Warsaw University of Technology (WUT) has extensive experience in radar technology R&D. Over the last five years, WUT built many radar demonstrators using commercial off-the-shelf NI equipment. This approach sped up the design process and reduced the costs significantly. At this session, explore various applications of NI equipment for building several types of radar demonstrators such as active radars for ground imaging using the synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) technique, passive radars for moving target detection, and inverse SAR and passive SAR radars for ground imaging.
The space hardware test process is unique in that once the hardware is tested and delivered, there’s no going back. As a result, huge efforts are taken to build sophisticated test systems that are fully validated at every step—95 percent of the “test” time is spent developing the test! Raytheon’s new space electronics product line offers a highly modular, reusable, and reconfigurable design to address customer needs. This requires a test system that is highly reconfigurable, quickly validated to space quality requirements, and able to significantly reduce development and test time to support large test volumes.
SED develops distributed hardware-in-the-loop simulations to test flight software interoperability just before the software is loaded onto aircraft for flight testing. The simulations were hosted on about 20 rack-mounted computers that communicated through reflective memory. This architectural approach was unsustainable. For a new approach, RTI refactored all the models to move engineering units to/from the models via DDS topics. Then the RTI DDS Toolkit for LabVIEW was used to move the data into LabVIEW for final signal conditioning/message formatting. The data was then passed to the aircraft components under test.
Explore next-generation test systems for spectrum monitoring applications. Learn about the applications, architecture, specifications, and performance of the following five spectrum monitoring solutions: (1) multichannel phase coherent measurement system, (2) real-time spectrum analysis, (3) channelizer, (4) NI multichannel streaming, and (5) pulse measurement system. Discover how you can get the most out of NI modular instruments while optimizing cost and time for development and test by choosing the most suitable system configuration for your application, using LabVIEW and LabVIEW FPGA examples for specialized applications, and taking advantage of options for extending and customizing your systems.
Software defined synthetic instruments (SDSIs) synthesize RF and microwave test and measurement (T&M) instruments (spectrum analyzers, signal generators, and so on) on top of modular, PXI-based COTS hardware and software. The latest generation of SDSIs can replace multiple “box instruments” with a single, integrated, multifunction system. Because one SDSI replaces multiple box instruments, SDSIs can also significantly reduce the size, weight, and power footprint of the required T&M equipment suite. In addition, SDSIs offer substantial advantages in technology insertion, upgradability, obsolescence management, and test program portability- all of which result in dramatic reductions in T&M total cost of ownership.