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Flight Instrumentation
April 4, 2012

Orion PA-1 Instrumentation System Orion PA-1 Instrumentation System (NASA photo) Armstrong's Flight Instrumentation Branch designs and integrates data acquisition systems for research, support, and one-of-a-kind platforms. The branch places particular emphasis on providing accurate flight data for research aimed at designing the next generation of flight vehicles.

Point of Contact

Richard Hang
Chief, Flight Instrumentation



Design and Implement Specialized Systems for Ground-/Flight-Based Platforms:

  • Data acquisition development
    • PCM, VME, PC104, etc.
  • Circuit board design
    • Signal conditioning
  • Sensor technology
    • Thermocouples, pressure transducers, accelerometers, etc.
  • Data and Video
    • Formatting
    • Calibration
    • Recording/storage
    • Transmitting
    • Analyzing
  • Power Distribution Systems
    • DC
    • AC
  • Satellite Communication Systems
    • GPS
    • TDRSS
  • Telemetry
    • L-Band
    • S-Band

Integration of Experiments on all Flight Platforms:

  • Experimenter requirements
    • Power and signal
    • Telemetry
    • Data
  • System drawings

Support for all Flight Test Operations:

  • Combined systems test
  • Pre-flight support
  • Post-flight support
  • Actual flight (Control room support, on-board support)

Maintain Currency on New Tools and Techniques

  • Staying on the cutting edge with industry
    • Use of the most advanced tools and techniques being developed
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