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Axon - Ultra-Compact, Scalable and Reliable Data Acquisition
The Axon family is the most advanced airborne data acquisition system available today, offering low SWaP with the best feature set and performance on the market. The ultra-compact and lightweight data acquisition units (DAU) of the Axon family builds on Curtiss-Wright’s heritage as a leading supplier of rugged reliable data acquisition and works with our other widely used DAU chassis.
The Axon family is made up of the Axon ADAU range, optimized for use with the TTC nDAU/ MnACQ/ MnHSD DAUs and the Axon AXN, optimized for use with the Acra KAM-500 network based DAUs. Axon ADAU/AXN support the same data formats and can be configured using the same setup software as the other Curtiss-Wright DAUs they are optimized for. Data between chassis can be synchronized easily over the IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) protocol.
Axon’s future proof design, using a high-speed serial backplane (1 Gbps dedicated link per module) ensures future high data rates are supported. Its low SWaP design means it can be located in tight spaces and operates reliably without requiring bulky heatsinks.
This design also allows any of the Axon family user modules to be placed in ultra-miniature "Axonite" housings and located remotely, separated from the chassis by up to 10 meters. Locating data acquisition closer to the sensors can significantly decrease the installation time and cost of the instrumentation while simultaneously reducing wiring weight. Axonites can also offer significant system cost saving in larger installations by reducing the number of DAUs required in remote locations and thus cutting down on extra chassis, controller and power supply costs.
- Dual Gigabit Ethernet outputs offer industry leading throughput of up to 380 Mbps
- In acquisition mode, Axon uses FPGA engines to minimize data loss, support deterministic operation and ensure rapid recovery in the case of a power brownout
- An on-board processor enables a host of other features such as in-service firmware upgrading, continuous built-in test (CBIT) and embedded real-time parameter quick-look
- Axon seamlessly integrates with Aerospace Instrumentation’s switches, recorders, telemetry, imaging and ground station product lines
Axon is ideal for Flight Test Instrumentation, Airborne Telemetry, Aerospace Monitoring Instrumentation and Space Data Handling applications.