UTC introduces aircraft monitoring system
UTC Aerospace Systems has introduced a new health monitoring system (HMS) for aircraft called Pulse HMS, designed to enable technicians to evaluate an aircraft’s condition in real time, the company announced on 28 July.
The system uses a remote sensor interface, diagnostic and prognostic analytics software modules, and wireless communication capabilities to perform data collection of the overall health and performance of an aircraft. The data collected can be processed on-board or transferred off-board for storage and further analytic processing.
Pulse HMS works with existing Pulse ground stations, which provide ground analytics solutions that can be loaded onto laptops and tablets for operators and maintenance teams. Together the system and the station offer users a suite of tools that can be used individually or collectively to measure an aircraft's performance.
The ability to wirelessly collect, process and transfer data through the Pulse HMS gives maintenance teams tailored options to pull and analyse selected data. Measured data can be processed as a snapshot in time or as part of a continuous performance monitoring process. This flexibility extends from monitoring a single aircraft up to an entire fleet to determine trends.
The system is currently undergoing flight trials on the US Air Force’s C-5 Galaxy aircraft. Pulse HMS is being used along with the MD7-Pro structural health monitoring system to evaluate the airworthiness of sensing systems aboard the C-5.
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