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Wireless Airborne Instrumentation Network (WAIN)


OUSD (R&E) CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Integrated Sensing and Cyber; Advanced Computing and Software


OBJECTIVE: Develop a network-based data acquisition system to wirelessly transmit airborne instrumentation data from point A to point B.


DESCRIPTION: Existing instrumentation data system passes data over wires/cables that bend and stretch over lengths up to 50ft.  Any solutions must have the following: Capability to transmit 2 signals wirelessly around impediments of various size, shapes and locations with the following figures of merit; 1) BER less than 10^-6. 2) Time correlation per IEEE 1588 Version 2. 3) 1 Sensor/Signal 4) Bit Rate of 1 kHz. 5) Time tagged to an accuracy of 1usec. 6) Comply with Air Force Cyber Security standards. 7) Comply with Air Force Airworthiness standards. 8) Output packets compliant with IRIG-106 Chapters 20-28. The government will provide drawings/sketches of a scale model test fixture.


PHASE I: This topic is intended for technology proven ready to move directly into a Phase II. Therefore, a Phase I award is not required. Offerors interested in participating in D2P2 must include in their response to this topic "Phase I-type" feasibility documentation that substantiates the scientific and technical merit and "Phase I-type" effort such as developed a concept for a workable prototype or design to address, at a minimum, the basic requirements as described above. Documentation should include all relevant information including, but not limited to technical reports, test data, prototype designs/models, and performance goals/results for establishing the scientific and economic feasibility of the proposed work. Work submitted within the feasibility documentation must have been substantially performed by the Offeror and/or the principal investigator (PI).


PHASE II: Develop and manufacture an integrated wireless instrumentation system that can withstand airborne environments associated with high performance military aircraft.  Obtain a Technical Readiness Level (TRL) of 6 based on Air Force standards and ready to function in an airborne operational environment.


PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: 1) Military Application- Wireless instrumentation implementations will reduce aircraft down time for Type-2 Modification installations.  2) Commercial Application- Solutions will be equally useful for commercial aircraft manufacturers to be utilize for flight testing and operational use.



  1. Torres, O,; Enabling Wireless Avionics Intra-Communications; NASA Langley, December 2016
  2. Collins, D.; Wireless data Acquisition in Flight Test Networks; Curtiss-Wright, May 2016
  3. Yedavalli, R; Application of Wireless Sensor Networks to Aircraft Control and Health Management Systems; Ohio State University; October 2010;


KEYWORDS: airborne instrumentation data; signals wirelessly; Wireless data Acquisition in Flight Test Networks

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