STE DESIGN

DESIGN:

FXO Inc. can design a special test equipment for any function.We have experience with designing STE for spacecraft testing applications.The following are pictures of a recent design:

 
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This STE was used to test the high speed clocks output from a spacecraft component in test.The CLOCK STE successfully captured clock irregularities and stopped on error.This STE was able to clear a flight box of a potential unverified failure.

MODIFICATION:

FXO Inc. can upgrade a vintage piece of STE with new components and computers to extend the special test equipment lifetime.Examples are replacing a CP/M operating system computer running PASCAL software with a PC type computer running PASCAL or C code.

 

ATLAS:

We can write ATLAS test code for your board or box test equipment.

 TEST EQUIPMENT DESIGN/UPGRADE:

Donít throw out your vintage test designs.FXO Inc. can upgrade these designs to use the latest technology, while retaining much of the original test software.

Weíve demonstrated this upgrade on systems that formerly used HP-85 and Tecmar Computers.95% of the original software was reused on each project.

Our designs have used the following vendors and equipment:

HP-85 replacement:We used ACME Portable computer, with National Instrument IEEE-488 card controlling HP hardware, running HT BASIC software (converted from HP BASIC).In this same package, we provided for an X-Y plotter replacement.We used the Scientific Solutions LabMaster DMA card to receive the X and Y voltages from a spacecraft component in test.This A/D converter output the X-Y Plot to the computer screen and is printed to an ink jet printer when the capture of the plot is complete.

For HT BASIC see: http://www.transera.com/

For ACME Portable Computers see: http://www.acmeportable.com/

For A/D converter modules See:†† http://www.scientificsolutions.com/

 HP-85B UPGRADE:

The photo below shows the successful replacement of an HP-85B running HP BASIC with an ACME Computer running HT BASIC.We were able to make better use of the GPIB Interrupts connecting to the HP3561A, network Analyzer, and the HP5316B, Frequency Counter.This use of interrupts allows our test to run 33% faster than without the interrupts.

PLOTTER REPLACEMENT:

The photo below shows the successful replacement of an obsolete plotter using an ACME Computer running Python.Here, using the Scientific Solutions Labmaster Series DMA card with optional BNC box, we were able to capture the input signals for the X-Axis and Y-Axis (range of +/-10V each) and display it to the computer screen.†† After the data is taken, a handy Line Tool may be run to compute the slope andX and Y intercepts by just a few mouse clicks.††††

WIRE WRAP BOARD:

The photo below shows the SCP Interface board built for Lockheed Martin.This board was designed by Integral Systems Inc. over 15 years ago.FXO was brought in to build and test two spare boards.The hard part of this job was finding all of the programmable logic and oddball chips used in this design.We were able to find most of the chips.We redesigned using substitute parts that meet the design specifications.This board passed the diagnostic tests after putting it together and is in a standby position.

 

HARD TO FIND PARTS

CY7C403

CY7C433

EP310

UDN2981A

PAL20R4

PAL20X8

PAL32VX10A

HP6N138

NE564

We found many of the parts using Hong Kong Inventory (hkinventory.com).This website allows you to list what parts you need.Vendors (mostly in Asia) reply on-line with the availability of parts and price.You have to use a third party escrow service (IKOBO.COM) that confirmís your payment before they ship, but it worked out well for us.Only a few parts from India looked like they were pulled off of a board.

 

STE TROUBLESHOOT:

FXO is working with Lockheed Martin, Sunnyvale, CA to troubleshoot and test 7 Frame Synchronizers that are used to test the telemetry stream from the TIROS Spacecraft.Some photos of the test setup in our lab may be seen here:

FRAME SYNC TEST/TROUBLESHOOT

 

SPACE QUALITY PROM PROGRAMMING:

FXO looks to work with Lockheed Martin, Sunnyvale, CA to program a PROM used on the Space Station Project.FXO will program and verify the parts using its vast stores of DATA I/O Programming equipment and modules.

 

SERVICE CONTRACT ON EXISTING SIMULATION HARDWARE:

FXO works with Lockheed Martin to maintain two versions of spacecraft simulation hardware.FXO will repair any hardware defects with the VME based simulation hardware and custom designed boards.

 

Request Quote or Rough Order of Estimate fromFXO Inc. on your design or upgrade.

 

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