To minimize cables and connectors across the aerospace industry by providing reliable, lower cost, higher performance alternatives for a vehicle/program’s life cycle.
The CANEUS Fly-by-Wireless Sector Consortium is chartered to precipitate cooperation and partnerships between industry/government customers, system innovators, and technology developers, while exchanging public and published information on wireless alternatives and new innovations, such as no-power sensor-tag systems. Ultimately, the Consortium’s efforts will contribute to minimizing cables and connectors across the aerospace industry by providing reliable, lower cost, and higher performance alternatives for a vehicle’s or program’s life cycle.
There are many limitations and impacts of wired connectivity on aerospace vehicles, government programs, and the aerospace industry worldwide. The technical challenge is to reduce the wired connectivity for aerospace vehicle architectures and systems by providing reliable "less wire" and wireless technology alternatives as well as vehicle provisions to take advantage of them as the technology maturity and availability increases.Depending on the application, some of these issues might include dynamic and possibly unlimited boundary conditions that alter the propagation channel, greater susceptibility to electromagnetic interference and jamming signals, synchronization issues, less security, power limitations, troubleshooting, and, typically, a requirement for increased propagation space.
Although the performance bounds and limitations of wires are very well known, the ultimate limitations of wireless and "less wire" technologies, in the context of reducing wire weight in critical onboard applications, have not been established. Because of the potential of wireless and "less-wire" technologies to reduce vehicle wire weight, it is important to fully understand these limitations. This workshop fosters the widespread collaboration and cross-pollination of ideas that are necessary to reach that understanding. It also assembles end-users, who are provided the opportunity to disseminate critical requirements and needs, and providers, who are afforded an audience of potential clients as well as a vision of an emerging market.
The approach can be addressed by looking at three levels:
- System Engineering approaches to reduce cables & connectors
- Provisions for modularity and accessibility in the vehicle architecture
- A set of technologies that support alternatives to wired connectivity