AvSTAR

OVERVIEW

The AvSTAR system is a full-featured solution for remote monitoring of airborne and ground-based vehicles. Mobile assets can be monitored from anywhere with AvSTAR. All that is required is a PC or laptop running a web browser and an Internet connection. Three major components comprise the AvSTAR system: the onboard data management system (ODMS), the data transmission system, and the AvSTAR server.

Onboard Data Management System (ODMS)

The Onboard Data Management System (ODMS) collects data from a variety of onboard systems such as: GPS, AIMMS-20 (meteorology), laser or radar altimeters, flow controllers, switches, etc. This data can be input utilizing an integrated high-speed Controller Area Network (CAN) interface, four RS-232 serial ports, or ten digital input/output pins. An embedded microprocessor assembles packets and sends them to the data transmission system using an internal modem. If no external GPS device is available, an optional internal WAAS-enabled GPS board allows the ODMS to act as a stand-alone positioning unit.

Data Transmission Network

Data is transmitted to the AvSTAR server by one of two possible options: the Iridium Short Burst Data (SBD) satellite network or cellular data networks. The Iridium network consists of 64 LEO (low earth orbit) satellites in which one satellite will always be in-view of your mobile asset and four other satellites at the same time. Data is relayed between Iridium satellites to the nearest ground station. Data is then sent from the ground station via the Internet to the AvSTAR server. This ensures fast, reliable, error-free point-to-point data transmission from air or ground vehicles, anywhere in the world.

AvSTAR Server

Data from either satellite or cellular systems are forwarded to the AvSTAR server through the Internet. The server then decodes, sorts, and archives this information in a database. Your password-protected data becomes available to you after logging in. It is sorted by aircraft or vehicle registration, operation date, and time. Previous vehicle data can be recalled and displayed, a mission can be replayed, or a mission in progress can be tracked in real-time.

The benefits of AvSTAR are delivered without special software. An Internet connection and standard web-browser application are all you need to view your data. Each flight or ground track can be displayed over one of several possible user-selectable map backgrounds. Currently supported backgrounds include: Google road maps, Google terrain maps and Google satellite imagery. Unique to AvSTAR, user-supplied Shapefiles can be used to generate background map imagery. Integrated pan and zoom controls allow you to generate optimal views of vehicle tracks and the chosen background map. Tracks are colour shaded depending on a switch status from one of the ODMS digital inputs, which can be used to represent spray-boom or fogger on/off status. As a powerful feature of AvSTAR, vehicle tracks can be exported in Shapefile format to permit analysis with any GIS application of your choice.

Features

  • AvSTAR data management system interfaces easily with onboard systems via its integrated RS-232 serial ports, CAN port, or digital inputs/outputs
  • Optional embedded WAAS GPS board available to allow the AvSTAR hardware to function as a stand-alone positioning unit
  • Fast, reliable data transmission using the Iridium satellite system
  • Cellular packet data transmission option available
  • Access your operational data from anywhere, all that is required is an internet connection and PC or laptop with a web browser
  • Position data displayed as a flight or ground track over several GIS background options
  • All recorded variables can be plotted using AvSTARís integrated graphing features
  • AvSTAR data management system supports Aventechís AIMMS-20 system for advanced meteorological measurement
  • AvSTAR data management system supports or can be easily customized to support data from other onboard systems such as GPS navigation systems, laser and radar altimeters, boom on/off switches, etc.
  • AvSTAR acts as a secure storage, backup site for your operational data
  • Includes USB FLASH drive interface for automatic data recording with up to 8GB storage capacity

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Comparison Table

  AIMMS-20 AIMMS-20 AIMMS-20 PMS PMS Canister AIMMS-30 AIMMS-30 ARIM200 ARIM200 ARIM310 ARIM 310 ARIM320 ARIM 320
Pitot-Static Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
AOA & AOS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Static Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Temperature Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Humidity Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wind Data* Yes Yes Yes no no Yes
Acceleration Yes Yes Yes Yes no Yes
Attitude Yes Yes Yes no no Yes
Anti-ice Heater Optional 150W Optional 350W no 250W 200W 200W
Environmental Heater 50W 200W no no 50W 50W
Pneumatic Purge no Yes no no no no
Interface CAN
RS-232
RS-485
CAN
RS-232
RS-485
CAN
RS-232
RS-485
CAN
RS-232
RS-485
CAN
RS-232
RS-485
CAN
RS-232
RS-485
Optional Touch Display Yes Yes Yes no no no
GPS Yes Yes Yes no no Yes
USB Optional add-on Optional add-on Built-in Optional add-on Optional add-on Optional add-on
Dimensions 1.5" dia. boom
24" long
9" long pylon
1.5" dia. boom
45" long
0.75" dia. boom
13" long
4.5" long pylon
1.5" dia. boom
24" long
0.75" dia. boom
4 x 4.5 x 2.25 in. enclosure
0.75" dia. boom
4 x 4.5 x 2.25 in. enclosure
Weight 3.2kg 5.5-6.5kg 1.08kg 1.9kg 0.75kg 0.845kg
Surface Finish Gold anodized/
TiN opt.
TiN coated & black anodized Gold anodized/
TiN opt.
TiN coated/
Anodizing opt.
TiN coated & black anodized TiN coated & black anodized
Mil-Standard no no no Yes Yes Yes
Availability In production In production Available in March, 2014 In production In production In production

PS: Pitot-Static   |   AOA: Angle of Attack   |   AOS: Angle of Sideslip
* Wind data includes wind speed, wind direction, and vertical wind

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