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Vol. 94, Issue 7, July 2008, pp.83-90




Wireless Sensing Opportunities for Aerospace Applications


William Wilson1, Gary Atkinson2

1NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton VA, USA, 23681,

2Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA, 23284,

2Phone: (804) 827-0185, 2Fax: (804) 828-4269,

2E-mail: gmatkins@vcu.edu



Received: 3 January 2008   /Accepted: 21 July 2008   /Published: 31 July 2008


Abstract: Wireless sensors and sensor networks is an emerging technology area with many applications within the aerospace industry. Integrated vehicle health monitoring (IVHM) of aerospace vehicles is needed to ensure the safety of the crew and the vehicle, yet often high costs, weight, size and other constraints prevent the incorporation of instrumentation onto spacecraft. This paper presents a few of the areas such as IVHM, where new wireless sensing technology is needed on both existing vehicles as well as future spacecraft. From ground tests to inflatable structures to the International Space Station, many applications could receive benefits from small, low power, wireless sensors. This paper also highlights some of the challenges that need to overcome when implementing wireless sensor networks for aerospace vehicles.


Keywords: Wireless, Sensors, RFID, Modeling, Simulation, Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW)


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