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UTC Releases Aircraft Health Monitoring System

By Juliet Van Wagenen | July 28, 2016
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C5 Galaxy aircraft for which USAF is testing UTC’s Pulse HMS
C5 Galaxy aircraft for which USAF is testing UTC’s Pulse HMS. Photo: Wikipedia

[Avionics Today 07-28-2016] UTC Aerospace Systems is releasing its new Pulse Health Monitoring System (HMS), a vehicle health management system designed to enable real-time evaluation of an aircraft’s condition. 

The system uses a remote sensor interface, diagnostic and prognostic analytics software modules, and wireless communication capability to perform data collection of the overall health and performance of an aircraft. The data collected can be processed on-board or transferred off-board for storage and further analytic processing. The HMS ties to existing UTC Aerospace Systems Pulse Ground Stations, which provide ground analytics solutions that can be loaded onto laptops and tablets for both operators and maintenance teams. Together the system and the station offer users a suite of tools that can be used individually or collectively to measure an aircraft’s performance.

Additionally, the Pulse HMS is undergoing flight trials as part of a U.S. Air Force contract awarded to Metis Design Corporation. UTC Aerospace Systems licensed the MD7-Pro structural health monitoring system from Metis on July 14 to further expand its aircraft health management solutions. During the flight trials, Pulse HMS and the MD7-Pro will be used by the USAF to evaluate the airworthiness of sensing systems aboard the Air Force’s C-5 Galaxy aircraft.

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