Storage Concepts FibreRAID disk helps target- recognition project
Systems engineers at the Northrop Grumman Electronic Sensors and Systems Sector in Baltimore needed a way to acquire and store data from tests of an automated target recognition system. They found their solution with the FibreRAID 814 disk array from Storage Concepts Inc. of Irvine, Calif.
Northrop Grumman designers are involved with a target acquisition advanced technology development program that uses a second-generation forward-looking infrared sensor — otherwise known as a FLIR. This project is to evaluate the feasibility of commercial off-the-shelf equipment for military night-vision.
Testing a FLIR for its target-recognition qualities requires Northrop Grumman researchers to collect large amounts of image data in real time. To do this, they chose the FibreRAID 814.
They adapted the FibreRAID to withstand the shock and vibration of military combat vehicles by shock mounting the device and installing in an M-113 armored personnel carrier.
"One of the reasons we chose the Storage Concepts disk array is because of the high-speed data recording capabilities that are vital to the success of this mission," says Jim Fawcett, program manager at the Northrop Grumman division.
"When we are recording images, the data must be retrieved very quickly, and I was impressed with the FibreRAID 814`s ability to record a tremendous amount of data at very high speeds," Fawcett says. — J.K.
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