Advanced Electronics

Guidance and Control Electronics

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) offers a family of flexible and tailorable multi-application Guidance Electronic Unit (MX-GEU) solutions to support the development of precision munitions (i.e. projectiles, missiles) and space systems.

  • Proven rugged, high shock survivable electronics
  • Small footprint and low power consumption
  • High computing performance and resources
  • Flexible architecture to support standard sensor and device interfaces
  • Sophisticated high data rate interface options
  • Software framework with Real Time Operating System (RTOS) support
  • Secure boot and re-programming options for smart weapons cyber-security

MX-GEU's are customizable to suit specific requirements and offer a ruggedized electronics design that can survive harsh shock environments of gun-launched projectiles and extreme high-altitude environments. MX-GEUs can be configured to support:

  • Data Link Receivers
  • Integrated Inertial Measurement Unit Sensors
  • Integrated Digital Semi-Active Laser Seeker (DSALS)

Variations

Multi-Application Compact (MXc) GEU - A miniature low cost production and low power consumption solution providing advanced guidance processing for retrofit kits to convert conventional indirect fire ordnance and projectiles into smart munitions with precise targeting capability. This economical solution is ideally suited for small caliber munitions from 30mm up to 155mm projectiles.

Multi-Application Ultra (MXu) GEU - Guidance solution with leading-edge processing capability to support multiple sensor integrations for seekers, optical processing and other advanced targeting functions for missiles, projectiles and space systems. The MXu is best suited for purpose built systems that require processing advanced algorithms to process high volume data from multiple sensor integrations such as imaging, targeting, navigation and control functions.

Medium Caliber Projectile (MCP) GEU - Highly integrated guidance system with combination of processing and programmable logic to support mission flight function and incorporates a software defined radio transceiver for bi-directional datalink capability. The MCP GEU is well-suited for command guidance from a ground control station and supporting missions in GPS denied environments.

D4D GEN 3 Data Acquisition System

Originally developed to measure the impacts from blast forces during ballistic testing in “crash test dummies”, the D4D Gen3 system is a compact, but powerful, alternative for collecting data in confined spaces.

The D4D Gen3 is a highly precise data collection system, with 16-bit differential inputs collected at up to 40,000 samples per second. The system is designed as a modular assembly of Data Acquisition Modules (DAMs), also known as “Slices”, which are controlled by a single Data Control Module (DCM) while a built-in Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver provides precise time synchronization.

D4D Gen3’s compact size, combined with its flexible data collection rate, provide a powerful and adaptable platform to collect and synthesize variable data streams. Collected data can be used for a variety of purposes such as real-time monitoring of operating systems or post-event analysis to evaluate affects/damage to humans or equipment.

      Capabilities
    • Test Data Collection System - Collects high-speed, short duration data from ballistic customers.
    • Multiple Sensor Integration - Provides customers the ability to collect data from multiple sensors using “slices”, which add 24-channels per slice and up to 5 slices; allowing the flexibility to collect data from up to 120 sensors if needed.
    • Flexible Data Collection Rate – Samples data at slower speeds for longer durations or, the system can be configured to collect data at very high sampling rates for shorter more intense data sampling periods.
    • Power Integration – Powered externally or through the systems internal rechargeable batteries for 45 minutes with 5 INST-45 DAMs connected.

BLU-Fuze In-Flight Telemetry System

The BLU-Fuze (Ballistics Logging Unit – Fuze) series of In-Flight Telemetry Systems provide an extensive selection of shock hardened sensors to measure in-bore and in-flight performance of missiles, projectiles and space systems. The onboard software is configurable to support a variety of analog and digital sensors, including digital data streams from onboard computers, and can provide look-back data prior to the launch of the projectile to support characterization of the launch accelerations and spin rates. High-resolution launch data can be streamed along with real-time data over the course of a flight to allow recovery of the launch while supporting the ongoing mission.

BLU-Fuze is conveniently packaged in a standard NATO fuze and provides flight instrumentation and data telemetry capability to a wide variety of missiles, projectiles, munitions or space systems without any modifications to the inflight system. The system is activated when the battery pack is attached to the fuze body, with rechargeable or primary battery options. Once activated, BLU-Fuze will operate for more than 45 minutes, providing ample time to verify the telemetry link, acquire GPS, load, and launch the inflight system. BLU-Fuze stores and transmits launch data after beginning 100 msec before detection of the launch event and streams out the high resolution launch data over the course of the mission in conjunction with ongoing real time data.

      Capabilities
    • Telemetry data instrumentation - BLU-Fuze products can be used to telemetry (transmit and receive) data and information between the missile, projectile or space system.
    • Pre/In-flight data instrumentation - Instrumentation can be customized with sensors to monitor specific performance parameters of a system during launch and in-flight, and relay that information to an external monitoring system.
    • Real-time system performance monitoring - BLU-Fuze can be used to monitor real-time flight performance to confirm normal, and abnormal, flight conditions and performance.
    • Post flight analysis - Data relayed form BLU-Fuze is used to perform post-flight performance and failure analysis to determine root causes of problems, or to adjust flight parameters to aid in achieving in-flight performance.

Blu-Bird

BLU-BIRD (Ballistics Logging Unit - Basic Information Recording Device) is an on-board recording system built upon GA-EMS’ Ballistics Logging Unit electronics suite. BLU-BIRD is fast, compact, and extremely versatile. The included Windows software downloads and converts the data into standard formats and clears memory as well as selecting the active channels, sampling rate, and record time.

The BLU-BIRD Standard configuration contains 12 analog data channels, which can be programmed at the factory at the time of assembly for up to 100-volt inputs. Channel selection, sample rate, and record time is set by the user with the included software and can be changed as needed.

      Capabilities
    • Pre/In-flight data instrumentation / sensor customization - Instrumentation can be customized with sensors to monitor specific performance parameters of a system during launch and in-flight, and relay that information to an external monitoring system.
    • System performance analysis - BLU-BIRD can be used to collect real-time flight performance data to support post-flight analysis and confirm normal, and abnormal, flight conditions and performance.
    • Reusable - If mechanically protected by the airframe at flight termination, BLU-BIRD can be recovered, the data read, and the memory erased. With a re-charged battery pack, BLU-BIRD may be re-used.