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Aerospace Communications Applications Using VCOM (Part 4)

by Fred Urrutia on July 1, 2015 No comments

Another installment in a series about how VCOM is used for aerospace communications applications.

NEEMO (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, July 2015)

NEEMO (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations project) sends groups of astronauts, engineers and scientists to live in Aquarius, the world’s only undersea research station, for up to three weeks at a time. Aquarius is operated by Florida International University (FIU) and located 3.5 miles off Key Largo in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary where it is deployed next to deep coral reefs 62 feet below the surface. During NEEMO missions the aquanauts are able to simulate living on a spacecraft and test spacewalk techniques for future space missions.

The July 2015 mission will test time delays in communications using VCOM to simulate delays due to the distance of potential mission destinations.

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A NEEMO 14 aquanaut practices shoveling underwater, just as an astronaut would shovel to collect soil samples on another planet; Photo credit: NASA; Source:

 

A NEEMO 14 aquanaut practices shoveling underwater, just as an astronaut would shovel to collect soil samples on another planet; Photo credit: NASA; Source: https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/533951main_neemo-shoveling-hires.jpg

VCOM in Aerospace Applications NEEMO 16 aquanauts Kimiya Yui and Tim Peake pose with their support diver and astronaut Mike Gernhardt in the DeepWorker single-person submarine; Photo credit: NASA; Source: https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/thumbnails/image/15-138.jpg

Contact Intracom Systems to learn more about how VCOM can be used in your own aerospace applications.

Fred Urrutia +1 518-391-9023

furrutia@intracomsystems.com

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Fred UrrutiaAerospace Communications Applications Using VCOM (Part 4)

Using VCOM in Aerospace Applications Today with SIP (part3)

by Fred Urrutia on May 27, 2015 No comments

Other Aerospace VCOM Users

Space Applications Services NV/SA (Zaventem, Belgium) uses VCOM for cockpit simulations during development and testing of their on-board avionics systems for use by ESA and others. From their website: “We design and develop state of the art on-board avionics solutions for manned and unmanned mission critical applications in hazardous environments. We work with on-board software, single and multiprocessor hardware, model driven development and simulation. Our applications include ESA standard On-board Control Procedure solutions, spacecraft cockpit solutions, rendezvous and docking, visual navigation.”

US Air Force UAV Training Facility (Eglin AFB, Florida) uses VCOM for training of UAV pilot and sensor operators. That same UAV system has also been used for US Forestry Service studies of forest fires capturing real-time images during experimental forest test burns. “Using air space not regulated by the Federal Aviation Agency allows unmanned aerial vehicles to gather valuable infrared imagery of the area,” said Kevin Hiers, the natural resources management research branch director and UAV manager. “Imagery (collected from the UAVs) will be added to a repository of other test data obtained at Eglin and used by scientists around to the world to gain a better understanding of fire behavior.”

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Fire consumes trees and bushes during a prescribed fire conducted at Eglin Air Force Base Nov. 11-12. More than 90 scientists from the Combustion-Atmospheric-Dynamics-Research-Experiments team, sent from institutions all over the world, set up instruments to record meteorology, smoke particulates and other fire phenomena. Image Credit: U.S. Air Force photo/Randy Gon.

 

Sandia Research Corporation (Mesa, AZ) uses VCOM for a next generation system for analysis of human behavior target discrimination by monitoring both physical and mental activities via a VCOM audio intercom sip matrix and Hi-Res imaging from aircraft platforms. This system studies cognitive learning to accelerate and improve personnel advanced skills training.

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Study participants stations, showing VCOM on right screen of each pair in lower tier. Image Credit: Sandia Research Corporation.

Other VCOM users include Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, Aerospace Corporation, Virgin Galactic / The Spaceship Company. Information about more use cases coming soon.

Contact Intracom Systems to learn more about how VCOM can be used in your own aerospace applications.

Fred Urrutia +1 518-391-9023
furrutia@intracomsystems.com

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Fred UrrutiaUsing VCOM in Aerospace Applications Today with SIP (part3)

Using VCOM in Aerospace Applications Today with SIP (part2)

by Fred Urrutia on May 20, 2015 No comments

Several NASA locations have been using VCOM for several years in communications applications. I will describe some of them and also mention some other VCOM users in this market.

NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group

NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group (“IRG”), located at AMES / Moffett Field, CA, uses VCOM locally and to interconnect projects and operations in conjunction with KSC, JSC and other NASA sites.

From the IRG website:   “Intelligent Robotics Group (IRG) explores extreme environments, remote locations, and uncharted worlds. We conduct applied research in computer vision, geospatial data systems, human-robot interaction, planetary mapping and robot software.”  “IRG operates the “K10″ series of planetary rovers…” […] “We conduct robotic field tests each year in planetary analog sites, such as Black Point Lava Flow and Haughton Crater.”

The Intelligent Robotics Group (IRG) conducted an engineering field test with the K-Rex rover during the first week of October 2012. The field test took place at the Basalt Hills quarry, California. Image credit: NASA; Source: https://ti.arc.nasa.gov/m/groups/intelligent-robotics/krex/BH2012_FrontView.jpg

The Intelligent Robotics Group (IRG) conducted an engineering field test with the K-Rex rover during the first week of October 2012. The field test took place at the Basalt Hills quarry, California. Image credit: NASA; Source: https://ti.arc.nasa.gov/m/groups/intelligent-robotics/krex/BH2012_FrontView.jpg

During 2015, IRG is supporting ongoing field testing of the Resource Prospector Mission (RPM) for NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate’s Advanced Exploration Systems Division. Expected to be launched in 2018, RPM will be NASA’s first attempt to demonstrate in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) beyond Earth. The Moon happens to be an excellent location to use such technology to locate and determine viability of extracting hydrogen, oxygen (or even water) as a precursor to later missions to Mars and elsewhere that will depend on utilizing in-situ resources

Following the Summer 2015 Resource Prospector field mission, a Lead Engineer at Resource Prospector Ground Data Systems within the NASA Intelligent Systems Division related “…the Resource Prospector demo was a great success here. We remotely commanded the rover at JSC from Ames, with KSC commanding the payload.   All three centers plus the folks in the “rock yard” at JSC used VCOM for all of our voice com, so you all were a big part of our success.”

Here is a link to an article about the Summer 2015 mission

Photo of the Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen and Lunar Volatile Extraction (RESOLVE) platform. Image credit: NASA, Source: https://www.nasa.gov/images/content/660260main_resolve-full.jpg

Photo of the Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen and Lunar Volatile Extraction (RESOLVE) platform. Image credit: NASA, Source: https://www.nasa.gov/images/content/660260main_resolve-full.jpg

Other NASA Groups Using VCOM

Another group at NASA Ames also used VCOM for simulated communications during a study analyzing “behavior of humans in the loop” for a Next Generation ATC (highly computerized Air Traffic Control system) for an FAA evaluation study. They selected VCOM for its flexibility and ease of rapid re-configuration during testing loops.

Other NASA groups using VCOM include Kennedy Space Center, Marshall Space Flight Center and also NASA Mission Operations Directorate.

Contact Intracom Systems to learn more about how VCOM can be used in your own aerospace applications.

Fred Urrutia +1 518-391-9023
furrutia@intracomsystems.com

 

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Fred UrrutiaUsing VCOM in Aerospace Applications Today with SIP (part2)

Using VCOM in Aerospace Applications Today with SIP

by Fred Urrutia on May 13, 2015 3 comments

Using VCOM in Aerospace Applications (Part 1)
Several NASA locations are using VCOM for several years in communications applications. I will describe some of them and also mention some other VCOM users in this market.

NASA Desert Research and Technology Studies
NASA’s Desert Research and Technology Studies team (“Desert RATS”) use VCOM for IP communications by replacing some radio systems at desert and arctic testing sites for extraterrestrial excursion vehicles connecting via a 100 km by 100 km Wi-Fi mesh locally and to other NASA facilities using satellite backhaul from the desert test site.

Here is a description of their operations from the NASA Desert RATS webpage:
“The high-desert terrain and isolation of northern Arizona provides an ideal backdrop for the development and testing of spaceflight equipment and technology. NASA’s Desert Research and Technology Studies (Desert RATS) are carried out at a series of experimental sites within a 75-mile radius of Flagstaff, with the area around Winslow, Arizona’s Meteor Crater site serving as a major research hub.”
“The arid climate, harsh winds, and rocky desert terrain of the region allow NASA to evaluate different conditions that will enable multiple destinations for future human exploration including high Earth orbit, Lagrange points, the Moon, near-Earth asteroids (NEAs), Mars moons, and ultimately the surface of Mars. Experiments and training conducted at the Desert RATS site focus on equipment and spacesuit tests, vehicular excursions and exploration, remote communication protocols, and astrogeology.”

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