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"Fly-by-Wireless": A Revolution in Aerospace Vehicle Architecture for Instrumentation and ControlAerospace vehicle programs have always counted on the cables and connectors to provide power, grounding, data and time synchronization throughout a vehicle's life-cycle. Even with numerous improvements, wiring and connector problems and sensors continue to be key failure points, causing many hours of troubleshooting and replacement. Costly flight delays have been precipitated by the need to troubleshoot cables/connections, and/or repair a sensor. Wiring continues to be too expensive to remove once it is installed, even with the weight penalties. Miles of test instrumentation and low flight sensor wires still plague the aerospace industry. New technology options for data connectivity, processing and micro/nano manufacturing are making it possible to retrofit existing vehicles, like the Space Shuttle. New vehicles can now develop architectures that provide for and take advantage of alternatives to wired connectivity. This project motivates the aerospace industry and technology providers to establish: (1) A new emphasis for system engineering approaches to reduce cables and connectors. (2) Provisions for modularity and accessibility in the vehicle architecture. (3) A set of technologies that support alternatives to wired connectivity.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Johnson Space Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Studor, George
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 23, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2007
Subject Category
Spacecraft Instrumentation And Astrionics
Meeting Information
Meeting: CANEUS "Fly-by-Wireless" Workshop
Location: Grapevine, TX
Country: United States
Start Date: March 27, 2007
End Date: March 28, 2007
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 604746.
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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