Compact Flight Test Network Recorder Can Store up to 1TB

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions’ nREC-700 miniature data recorder features dual gigabit ethernet ports for acquisition of ethernet flight test instrumentation network traffic from several types of data sources By DA Reporter / 08 Nov 2021
CWDS nREC-700

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions has debuted the nREC-700 miniature data recorder, its most compact, fastest standalone network recorder for Flight Test Instrumentation (FTI) or monitoring applications. 

Designed for Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) constrained commercial and military airborne platforms, the new nREC-700 has the capacity to store up to 1TB using new CompactFlash Express (CFexpress) media, and features dual Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports for acquisition of ethernet FTI network traffic from several types of data sources. 

It supports open standards-based cameras and Data Acquisition Units (DAU), including Curtiss-Wright’s extensive family of MnDAU, ADAU, Axon, and AIM products.  

The nREC-700’s dual GbE ports can acquire multiple data types, including IRIG-106 Chapter 10/11, Chapters 21 – 26 (TmNS), DARv3, PCAP, or any other Ethernet protocols. 

Weighing only 1.5 lbs and measuring 3.13” (L) x 2.63” (W) x 3.13” (H), this compact recorder can be configured as a standalone unit or installed as part of a DAU stack.

“FTI engineers want to capture as much data as they can, as fast as they can, but size and weight restrictions present limits to how large of an FTI data recorder they can deploy,” said Chris Wiltsey, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions. 

“Our new high-speed miniature nREC-700 recorder gives FTI system designers the flexibility they need to handle the fire hose of critical data coming from DAUs on space-constrained platforms.”

The removable CFexpress media card is rated for industrial operating temperatures of -40 to 85°C. Data can be downloaded in-situ using the recorder’s GbE ports, or at the ground station using a download adaptor for the CFexpress card. With record rates typically exceeding 1GBps, the nREC-700 acquires data as Chapter 11, DARv3, or other formats native to input traffic. It supports the IEEE-1588 v1/v2 precision time protocol with an overhead module that also provides single-point programming at either of its two GbE ports via Curtiss-Wright’s TTCWare set-up and configuration software or a web interface. 

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