The Engineering Impact Awards invite engineers, scientists, and researchers from around the world to submit impactful applications created with our software and hardware. The annual event showcases an impressive collection of applications to highlight the impact these projects have on Aerospace and Defense.
Find out more about this year’s outstanding finalists:
A Unified Test Architecture for Electromechanical Aerospace Systems
Scott Christensen, Matthew Vanderploeg, Larry Sandine
Collins Aerospace is one of the largest aerospace technology companies in the world. It designs a wide range of line replaceable units, components, and controllers for use in both commercial and military aircraft. The company's engineers needed to create a new test architecture for electromechanical systems that was flexible enough to use for a wide range of controller and component tests across the product development cycle for both new and existing programs.
Collins Aerospace worked with the NI Alliance Partners Wineman Technology and Sierra Peaks to develop the D3 architecture: a fully programmable, modular test architecture that could be easily configured, customized, and maintained. The company's engineers use LabVIEW and the NI PXI and CompactRIO hardware platforms to make this happen.
The impact has been tremendous. With the D3 test architecture, Collins Aerospace cut test reconfiguration times from weeks to a single day. Because of this, the company has saved months of development time and hundreds of thousands of dollars on new platforms while operating with less test lab labor.
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Flexible Satellite TTC Receiver Automated Test Equipment
Indian Space Research Organisation
Smruti Ranjan Panigrahi, Selvi R, Nirmal A.V
In recent years, space technology innovation has been rapidly growing, and ISRO needed test platforms that could keep pace with this growth. ISRO researchers wanted to develop more scalable and portable testers that can be moved to different test facilities and customized for future projects, such as testing RF packages in C-band frequencies.
ISRO used a LabVIEW and PXI approach with a wide-bandwidth vector signal generator programmed to generate custom waveforms and a high-accuracy PXI dynamic signal analyzer to conduct baseband analysis. The researchers also integrated multiple digital mulitmeters into the system to monitor the packages' raw bus voltage and current, observe their status, and make resistance measurements.
An internal specialized task team at URSC thoroughly evaluated the new ATE and cleared it for usage. ISRO recently used the ATE to test and evaluate C-band receivers, and the tester has shown to be more cost effective, compact, and potable resulting in faster and more efficient testing.
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