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Flight Demonstration of X-33 Vehicle Health Management System Components on the F/A-18 Systems Research AircraftThe X-33 reusable launch vehicle demonstrator has identified the need to implement a vehicle health monitoring system that can acquire data that monitors system health and performance. Sanders, a Lockheed Martin Company, has designed and developed a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)-based open architecture system that implements a number of technologies that have not been previously used in a flight environment. NASA Dryden Flight Research Center and Sanders teamed to demonstrate that the distributed remote health nodes, fiber optic distributed strain sensor, and fiber distributed data interface communications components of the X-33 vehicle health management (VHM) system could be successfully integrated and flown on a NASA F-18 aircraft. This paper briefly describes components of X-33 VHM architecture flown at Dryden and summarizes the integration and flight demonstration of these X-33 VHM components. Finally, it presents early results from the integration and flight efforts.
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Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Schweikhard, Keith A. (NASA Dryden Flight Research Center Edwards, CA United States)
Richards, W. Lance (NASA Dryden Flight Research Center Edwards, CA United States)
Theisen, John (Sparta, Inc. Lancaster, CA United States)
Mouyos, William (Sanders Lockheed Martin Co. Nashua, NH United States)
Garbos, Raymond (Sanders Lockheed Martin Co. Nashua, NH United States)
Schkolnik, Gerald
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1998
Subject Category
Man/System Technology and Life Support
Meeting Information
AIAA Digital Avionics Systems Conference(Philadelphia, PA)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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