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Keynote: Smarter Test Systems for Aerospace and Defense, Tim FOUNTAIN - National Instruments
Tim FOUNTAIN , National Instruments
Aerospace and defense applications are become more complex every year, requiring the further development of test systems able to solve the test challenges new technologies and devices present. To overcome these challenges, software-designed instruments have been increasingly used in aerospace and defense to achieve high levels of performance and flexibility. In this session we discuss technologies that are redefining the concept of instrumentation, and achieve unparalleled performance in within the Aerospace & Defense industry.
 
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Keynote
 
Verification and Testing of Space Systems: current state and upcoming challenges, Piero MESSIDORO - Space Expert and former CTO of Thales Alenia Space Italy
Piero MESSIDORO, Space Expert and former CTO of Thales Alenia Space Italy
In the last year the Space Verification and Testing community experienced three significant events: the 5th International Workshop on Verification and Testing of Space Systems at Politecnico di Torino, the ESA Environmental Testing Symposium in Toulouse and the 30th Aerospace Testing Seminar in Los Angeles. In these three important fora hundreds of worldwide experts exchanged recent experiences and discussed the next challenges in the field. The speech summarizes this state of the art highlighting in particular aspects peculiar of the space sector like: facing different international standards (e.g. ECSS's in Europe, MIL and NASA std's in USA, JAXA std's in Japan, Russian and Chinese std's) and need of their harmonization, requirements from one-of-a-kind missions vs constellation mass production, emerging of nano/microsatellites and their applications including demands of miniaturization and COTS usage, digital transformation impact with particular reference to the Factory of the Future (or Industry 4.0) including for example Big Data management applied to the Integration and Testing process.
 
 
NI ATE Core Configurations. A new approach for building Automated Test Equipment in Mil/Aero, National Instruments
National Instruments
NI ATE Core Configurations include the core mechanical, power, and safety infrastructure to build an automated test system. These out-of-the-box systems provide the ultimate balance in standardized core components to simplify design and documentation, along with the ultimate layout flexibility for PXI, CompactDAQ, and other instrumentation. The ATE Core Configurations are optimized to accelerate system design, reduce integration burden and risk, and reduce time-to-deployment for an automated test system. These systems have scalable mechanical and power profiles to cover applications ranging from basic validation bench design, to high-power, high-reliability, globally-deployed test stations.
 
 
Radar Trajectory Generator in Space Market, Massimo CIACCINI e Giuseppe RAZZANO - Vitrociset
Massimo CIACCINI e Giuseppe RAZZANO , Vitrociset
 
 
Prototyping and Testing of RADARs using PXI Platform, National Instruments
National Instruments
Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) technology will enable next generation radars achieve better jamming resistance capability and low probability of intercept by spreading their emissions over a wide frequency range. These radars consist of a large number of transmit/receive modules (TRMs) which are electronically scanned in a tight time-synchronized manner. Other emerging technologies, such as cognitive radars and MIMO radars, will continue to drive the need for complex timing, synchronization, and measurement requirements. To meet these challenges, radar engineers will need a platform based system which delivers capabilities such as multi-channel phase aligned measurements over wide bandwidths and high-throughput streaming. This session presents the fundamentals of AESA radars and shows how advances in PXI modular instrumentation can meet these challenging requirements.
 
 
NAV-AIDS simulator for obsolescence removal, Mauro CORTESE - MPG Instruments
Mauro CORTESE, MPG Instruments
L'obsolescenza degli strumenti di misura è una problematica ricorrente nella progettazione e utilizzo di banchi di test e linee di produzione. Quando uno strumento entra nella fase di obsolescenza, l'intero sistema di test viene compromesso con il rischio di blocchi di attività in mancanza di alternative totalmente compatibili.
MPG, attraverso l'utilizzo di componenti e software National Instruments ha intrapreso un percorso di gestione e mitigazione delle problematiche relative alla obsolescenza di strumenti avionici, prevalentemente quelli di simulazione dei sistemi di navigazione, VOR-ILS e di comunicazione HF-VHF-UHF, e su specifiche richieste verticali per sistemi di test radar.
Grazie a una precisa strategia di compatibilizzazione, i clienti possono sostituire in modalità "Full Plug&Play" il prodotto obsoleto senza modificare il banco di test o la linea di produzione, con tempi di risposta immediati e annullando il rischio di blocchi produttivi.
 
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From Validation & Verification to Production Testing of Avionic Systems
 
HAWK EYE - Real Time RF Drone Detection and Tracker System (Radio Frequency Detection / Identification / Geolocation), Marco BARTALONI - Leonardo
Marco BARTALONI , Leonardo
 
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High Performance COTS Platform in Mil/Aero RF Applications
 
Software-Defined Instruments for Verification and Validation of Navigation Systems, National Instruments
National Instruments
The Global Satellite Navigation System (GNSS) is expected to reach 7 billion devices in the next three years for applications ranging from mass market consumer electronics to safety-critical systems. Additionally, conventional radio (DME, ILS, VOR) and autonomous navigation systems will further help improve the safety and performance of the navigation on civilian and military aircrafts. During this session we will discuss how to meet the verification and validation needs of modern navigation systems by leveraging a platform-based approach and Software-Defined Instruments.
 
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From Validation & Verification to Production Testing of Avionic Systems
 
World’s Highest Performance COTS Platform for Electronic Warfare and Sigint Application, David SQUIRES - National Instruments
David SQUIRES, National Instruments
 
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High Performance COTS Platform in Mil/Aero RF Applications
 
COTS solution for high speed digital testing with MultiGigabit transceiver technology, Daniele SARGENTINI - Elettronica
Daniele SARGENTINI, Elettronica
Una piattaforma COTS riconfigurabile e trasportabile per il testing di linee di comunicazione veloci tra moduli, unità e sistemi era la necessità primaria di ELT. In questa sessione verrà presentata la soluzione implementata con tecnologia PXIe e FPGA.
Partendo dalla realizzazione di una clip VHDL per la gestione dei transceiver che replica il protocollo di comunicazione di interesse, si è passati all’implementazione di Core LabVIEW FPGA responsabili dell’elebaorazione dati e della gestione del controller DMA per la comunicazione da e verso l’host. Completa il tutto un’HMI intuitiva realizzata in ambiente LabVIEW che ha consentito il riutilizzo di codice di postprocessing precedentemente sviluppato oltre a garantire una nativa integrazione con la piattaform hardware.
Scopri come ELT ha realizzato una soluzione di test COTS innovativa riducendo i tempi di sviluppo grazie anche al riutilizzo di codice già sviluppato.
 
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From Validation & Verification to Production Testing of Avionic Systems
 
Synthetic Instrumentation: Electromagnetic Interference Measurements in Naval Environment, Antonio CAPUTO - Leonardo
Antonio CAPUTO, Leonardo
 
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High Performance COTS Platform in Mil/Aero RF Applications
 
Re-engineering legacy ATE for Avionics with PXI System and the strategic obsolescence planning, National Instruments
National Instruments
Legacy ATEs for Avionics have specific testers for specific functionality such as VOR tester, GPS tester, COM Tester, ADS-B tester and so on. In case you wish to add a new functionality then you need to add a new tester to the existing ATE. Software defined approach allows you to re-configure functionality of a hardware setup to scale for added functionality. This approach usually has a PXI system consisting of modules necessary for interfacing with IO from the avionics system. But at the same time it is capable of running multiple signal processing software algorithms allowing it run as multiple testers at the same time. A variety of factors such as technology evolution, market demand, and component obsolescence dictate the life cycle of any given hardware product. NI uses several internal processes to track these factors and manage the life cycle of NI hardware products.
 
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From Validation & Verification to Production Testing of Avionic Systems
 
New Technologies for Software Defined Radio (SDR): from Data Link design to on-the-field Realtime Spectral Analysis, Tim FOUNTAIN - National Instruments
Tim FOUNTAIN , National Instruments
We will review Software Defined Radio architectures and how they are used in modern SDR implementations. Technologies discussed will include massive Multiple-In-Multiple-Out (MIMO) systems, SIGINT and DF focused systems, new embedded SDR platforms using Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFICs), and a new technological called RF-Network-on-Chip (RFNoC), used to simplify implementation of DSP processing on an FPGA, and the inter-FPGA and FPGA to host communication to enable high-speed streaming between discrete processing elements.
 
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High Performance COTS Platform in Mil/Aero RF Applications
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