Testing High-Powered Signal Processing Systems for Harsh Environments: Case Study Part 1

As deployed signal processing systems continue to move closer to the sensor, they are increasingly exposed to less friendly environmental conditions. Located aboard aircraft or water vessels, these high-power subsystems are exposed to the same environmental conditions as the platform itself. In some cases, this might be aboard unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) like the high-altitude Global Hawk. Other harsher platforms include tactical aircraft such as the Lockheed F-16 and SAAB Gripen. Not only do these latter platforms experience high altitudes, but they are also exposed to violent maneuvers as their pilots avoid hostile fire while completing their missions. Similar challenges face shipboard installations, which must be able to survive shocks and impulses from torpedoes, missiles or mines.

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