Flight Test Instrumentation

Ampex has the most experience of any company in flight test data acquisition and recording having built the first “dedicated” instrumentation recorder, Model 500, for the U.S. Navy in 1950.  Today, Ampex is revolutionizing flight test recording in three ways:




The Ampex Common Compute Environment (ACCE) software suite takes the complexity out of data and device management so operations occur with zero data loss. ACCE is common to the Ampex TuffServ family of systems and creates the most seamless recording environment in the industry. Not only is ACCE is the most feature rich data collection software suite on the market, it is also very easy to use. Its web-based GUI makes executing the most sought-after data and device management functions simple and intuitive.

miniRv2 Rugged Airborne Solid State Recorder

The miniR v2 is an update to the miniR® 700 with the same SWaP but with dramatically improved performance. The new miniR v2 also adds network file server capability, making it capable of traditional, IRIG 106 Chapter 10 recording as well as network centric topologies (iNET, IENA, and DAR capable).

The TuffServ® 640 Recorder / Server (TS 640) delivers one gigabyte of usable payload every second, for hours on end. Designed with a scalable architecture, the recorder / reproducer supports a range of applications, from vehicle and weapons testing to intelligence gathering.

Designed with a scalable architecture consistent with the AMPEX Common Compute Environment™, the TuffServ540 recorder / reproducer supports a wide range of applications. With its compact size, low weight, and I/O options, it can be used wherever it is needed.

The TuffServ® 480v2 airborne server is a rugged, general purpose computing platform packaged for airborne and mobile applications. It functions as a ruggedized computer, a file server, or as a recorder. It can also be configured as a network-attached block-storage device using the iSCSI protocol.

Built for tough environments, the TS 282 File Server can go wherever operators need to go, and deliver consistent, reliable performance in challenging conditions. The TS 282 has been designed from the ground up to meet the real-world needs of operators, with features such as built-in power hold up, a front-panel display to help identify and resolve anomalies, two media types to allow for different data sources, and service features to facilitate maintenance.

The AMux 700 Data Acquisition Unit (DAU) is a network multiplexer using the IRIG 106 Chapter 10 packet and stream format. Based on the successful miniRv2 recorder system, the AMux 700 DAU timestamps data received over any supported interface and creates a single network output channel over Ethernet, using either a dependable TCP/IP connection or a versatile UDP/IP packet stream. When UDP is used, the AMux can use multicast addressing for even greater versatility.

The AMux 1000 is a P3I update to the original AMux 700 with the same SWaP, but with dramatic increases in throughput speed and user configuration flexibility. The system updates include a new Intel ATOM CPU, new multiplexer, higher speed interfaces, the Ampex Common Compute Environment (ACCE) Management Software, and full backwards compatibility to the existing I/O module interfaces.

The TRS350 Ethernet Data Recorder is a high data rate, large capacity streaming network recording system. The TRS350 utilizes mature and field-proven recording technology to deliver consistent, reliable recording and playback of streaming IP telemetry data. The TRS350 is a software defined recorder that has been designed for Telemetry over IP (TMoIP), Voice over IP (VoIP) and Video over IP streaming data recording and reproduction applications.