ASHBURN, Va. – The Curtiss-Wright Corp. Defense Solutions division in Ashburn, Va., is introducing the next-generation compact Axon data-acquisition unit for flight test applications like aircraft flight test instrumentation, airborne telemetry, flight data monitoring, and space data handling.
Axon combines flexibility and scalability with high speed and reliability for demanding flight test applications. The modular Axon data-acquisition device is optimized for size, weight and power (SWaP) and reduces volume by 55 percent and weight by 41 percent compared to a standard KAM-500 chassis.
Axon’s hardware-based acquisition engines eliminate data loss, support deterministic operation, and ensure immediate recovery in the case of power brownout.
Axon’s 1-gigabit-per-second serial backplane enables engineers to place off-the-shelf data acquisition modules in ultra-miniature Axonite housings and locate them remotely, separated from the chassis by as far as 20 meters.
Locating data acquisition closer to the sensors can decrease the installation time and cost of the instrumentation while simultaneously reducing wiring weight. Axonite housings are smaller than eight cubic inches in volume to enable flight test engineers can place their data acquisition hardware in space limited locations.
Further flexibility comes from Axon’s dual Gigabit Ethernet outputs, which simplify the addition of Ethernet nodes or enable designers to daisy-chain several data-acquisition device chassis. An on-board processor speeds configuration, preflight checks, and in-service firmware upgrading.
For more information contact Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions online at www.curtisswrightds.com.
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