Testing of a wireless sensor system for instrumented thermal protection systems

Allen T. Kummer, Erik D. Weir, Trey J. Morris, Corey W. Friedenberger, Aseem Singh, Robert M. Capuro, Sven G. Bilén, Johnny Fu, Gregory T. Swanson, David B. Hash

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Abstract

Funded by NASA's Constellation Universities Institutes Project (CUIP), we have been developing and testing a system to wirelessly power and collect data from sensors on space platforms in general and, in particular, the harsh environment of spacecraft re-entry. The elimination of wires and associated failures such as chafing, sparking, ageing, and connector issues can increase reliability and design flexibility while reducing costs. These factors present an appealing case for the pursuit of wireless solutions for harsh environments, particularly for their use in space and on spacecraft. We have designed and built a prototype wireless sensor system. The system, with capabilities similar to that of a wired sensor system, was tested in NASA Ames Research Center's Aerodynamic Heating Facility and Interaction Heating Facility. This paper discusses the overall development effort, testing results, as well as future directions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication17th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference 2011
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Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2011
Event17th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference 2011 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Apr 11 2011Apr 14 2011

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Name17th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference 2011

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Other17th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference 2011
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period4/11/114/14/11

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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Kummer, A. T., Weir, E. D., Morris, T. J., Friedenberger, C. W., Singh, A., Capuro, R. M., ... Hash, D. B. (2011). Testing of a wireless sensor system for instrumented thermal protection systems. In 17th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference 2011 (17th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference 2011). https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2011-2284