19 May 2015 Real-time on-board airborne demonstration of high-speed on-board data processing for science instruments (HOPS)
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The project called High-Speed On-Board Data Processing for Science Instruments (HOPS) has been funded by NASA Earth Science Technology Office (ESTO) Advanced Information Systems Technology (AIST) program since April, 2012. The HOPS team recently completed two flight campaigns during the summer of 2014 on two different aircrafts with two different science instruments. The first flight campaign was in July, 2014 based at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) in Hampton, VA on the NASA’s HU-25 aircraft. The science instrument that flew with HOPS was Active Sensing of CO2 Emissions over Nights, Days, and Seasons (ASCENDS) CarbonHawk Experiment Simulator (ACES) funded by NASA’s Instrument Incubator Program (IIP). The second campaign was in August, 2014 based at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) in Palmdale, CA on the NASA’s DC-8 aircraft. HOPS flew with the Multifunctional Fiber Laser Lidar (MFLL) instrument developed by Excelis Inc. The goal of the campaigns was to perform an end-to-end demonstration of the capabilities of the HOPS prototype system (HOPS COTS) while running the most computationally intensive part of the ASCENDS algorithm real-time on-board. The comparison of the two flight campaigns and the results of the functionality tests of the HOPS COTS are presented in this paper.
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Jeffrey Y. Beyon, Jeffrey Y. Beyon, Tak-Kwong Ng, Tak-Kwong Ng, Mitchell J. Davis, Mitchell J. Davis, James K. Adams, James K. Adams, Stephen C. Bowen, Stephen C. Bowen, James J. Fay, James J. Fay, Mark A. Hutchinson, Mark A. Hutchinson, } "Real-time on-board airborne demonstration of high-speed on-board data processing for science instruments (HOPS)", Proc. SPIE 9465, Laser Radar Technology and Applications XX; and Atmospheric Propagation XII, 94650G (19 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2086285; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2086285
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