Aerospace Data Acquisition Application Case Study

Aerospace Data Acquisition Applications

DAQ System for Rocket Engine Testing

Customer Case

Rocket engine testing requires powerful DC amplifiers with low level signal conditioning in noisy and high CMV environments, with high gain or low gain isolation buffer amplifier for real time process control applications, and with sophisticated test and measurement applications for critical data analysis systems.

KineticSystems Case Solution

Four generations of KineticSystems Preston Amplifiers have been used by NASA to test Space Shuttle engines for more than 35 years.

From 1996 to 2001, all 4 major Rocket Engine test stands at the John C. Stennis Space Center were upgraded with the KineticSystems Preston 8300AU Isolated Signal Conditioning Amplifiers and PreSys 1000 Analog and Digital Data Processing Systems.

The Preston 8300AU amplifier from KineticSystems features extremely low drift, very low noise, high accuracy, and wide dynamic range common mode rejection, while offering very fast overload recovery and on-scale settling times.

Each of the 4 major rocket engine test stands is equipped with 512 analog channels and a similar number of discrete isolated digital input and digital output channels. Test Stand B-2 was being upgraded to test the single rocket motors and the cluster rocket motors that were to be used for the Orion space vehicle. During late 2006-2007, 207 new Preston 8300AU amplifiers and 2 PreSys 1000 Digital Data Processing Systems were used to restore the B-2 Test Stand to its full 512 channel capability.

KineticSystems is proud to be an integral part of Rocket Engine testing at Stennis, home to America's largest rocket engine test complex where future engines and propulsion stages will be tested for advanced space exploration.

KineticSystems Case Recommended Products

The primary KineticSystems products used in this application are:

  • 8300AU - Signal Conditioner Amplifier
  • PreSys 1000 - Digital Data Processing Systems

Aerospace Application Request

We encourage you to contact us and discuss your aerospace application in more detail with our engineering team. KineticSystems can provide tailored custom data acquisition hardware and software solutions to meet specific aerospace application requirements.