Flight Test Data & Telemetry

Ampex has revolutionized flight test instrumentation with network attached storage (NAS) systems and software-defined recording. Using a NAS system for test data acquisition and recording allows users to host and run software applications to enhance the process. This includes third-party software, which can run on any Ampex device, and Ampex’s own ‘ACCE’ application.
The combination of an Ampex NAS system and the Ampex Common Compute Environment (ACCE) allows users to define the recording data structures and control protocols to capture virtually any test data type with the same hardware, saving you money. If users need to record PCAP, IRIG 106, UDP, iNET, IENA, TCP, etc., using the same hardware, they have the flexibility to do so.

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.

More complex data types associated with advanced technology platforms means customers need the most powerful flight test data acquisition and storage system available, the TuffServ 640 (TS-640). The TS-640 is optimized to quickly store data during operations (1.9 gigabytes per second), and has the capacity to service multiple test flights before having to download (over 100 terabytes or storage).

The TuffServ 540 is ideal for flight test data needs in “tight” spaces. Whether it’s a test pod on a wing or inside the cockpit, at only 105 cubic inches (2.9”H x 4.25”W x 8.5”D), the TS-540 is the perfect fit. Because of its small size and tremendous speed (900 megabytes per second), the F-18 program uses the TS-540 to transcode cockpit display test data before downlink. The combination of sizespeed, and capacity also makes the TS-540 ideal for test data collection and storage on mission aircraft as the trend toward instrumenting “fleet systems” gains more traction.

The F-15 program has used the TS-480 series for years as part of flight testing its electronic warfare upgrade. The TS-480’s “FP” (front panel) model is ideal for capturing RF data, to include radar, for flight test as it is equipped with a serial front panel data port (sFPDP) interface common to RF system manufacturers.

The TuffServ 282 comes standard with two removable storage modules (RSM), enabling users to record flight test data on the larger RSM while using the compact RSM for uploading configuration, mission planning, or other data. The U.S. Navy’s E-2 Hawkeye is equipped with two TS-282’s which record operational test data at shore and mission data at sea.

Many flight test data acquisition and storage operations do not require the high speed and high capacity of the top-of-the-line TuffServ product. For these scenarios, the TuffCORD is a solid solution. At a lower cost, the TuffCORD has the versatility required to store a wide variety of flight test data. When married with Ampex’s AMux Data Acquisition Units, the TuffCORD provides a flexible, lower cost means of executing flight test operations.

The CAR is ideal for flight test programs looking to shift test data recording from a capital cost to an operating expense. The CAR gives customers the lowest cost recording option while still providing a capable network file server functionality. The CAR is also perfect for “quick fix” instrumentation installs in tight spaces if a temporary solution is required.   

The decades old, original miniR700 continues to be a staple in the flight test acquisition and storage community (traditional IRIG 106 CH10). Now, the updated miniRv2 brings that proven, trusted capability into the 21st century. Most notably, the miniRv2 retains the ability to externally add its data acquisition modules for various flight test data types (original modules still work on the new version), but now it is a network attached storage system with network file server (NFS) capability. As an NFS, the miniRv2 can perform software defined recording with the Ampex Common Compute Environment (ACCE) software and handle network centric topologies (iNET, IENA, DAR capable) in addition to running a customer’s third-party software.

The AMux 1000 Data Acquisition Unit (DAU) is the upgraded version of the AMux 700 DAU and is the perfect pair to your existing flight test instrumentation architecture. Marrying the AMux 1000 with an Ampex TuffServ network file server also provides users continuity across their instrumentation process. Like the TuffServ’s, the AMux 1000 now leverages the Ampex Common Compute Environment (ACCE) software, ideal for flight test data management, but is still backward compatible with AMux 700 and miniRv2 I/O modules.

The AMux700 Data Acquisition Unit (DAU) has been a staple in flight test data acquisition for decades. With its array of acquisition modules, the AMux700 can acquire a wide variety of flight test data types and multiplex them for output in the IRIG106 Chapter 10 format. Marrying the AMux 700 with an Ampex TuffServ network file server provides users the perfect combination of data acquisition and storage.

The TuffServ Rackmount System 350 (TRS350) gives users on the ground the functionality of Ampex TuffServ products made for the airborne environment. TRS350 runs the Ampex Common Compute Environment (ACCE) software to perform software defined recording and handle network centric topologies (iNET, IENA, DAR capable). The TRS350 is also integrated into GDP Space Systems’ Telemetry Range Management Software (TRMS) control architecture which provides complete range control of acquisition, distribution, recording and processing functions in an intuitive user interface.