Achieving High Resolution Measurements Within Limited Bandwidth Via Sensor Data Compression

Report No. ARL-RP-444
Authors: Michael Don; Tom Harkins
Date/Pages: June 2013; 16 pages
Abstract: The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is developing an onboard instrument and telemetry system to obtain measurements of the 30-mm MK310 projectiles in-flight dynamics. The small size, high launch acceleration, and extremely high rates of this projectile create many design challenges. Particularly challenging is the high spin rate which can reach 1400 Hz at launch. The bandwidth required to continuously transmit solar data using the current method for such a rate would leave no room for data from other sensors. To solve this problem, a data compression scheme is implemented that retains the resolution of the solar sensor data while providing room in the telemetry frame for other measurements.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: June 1, 2013