Course Objectives

This course provides an essential overview of aerospace flight telemetry ground stations, followed by a presentation of actual ground station hardware. The student will see how ground stations are set up to operate in real time, including the many basic parameters required to successfully receive telemetry data at the ground station. Mission planning concepts and techniques for insuring system maintenance / readiness will be offered.

  • Describe how telemetry data is formatted and transmitted

  • Discuss factors related to mission planning

  • Identify considerations for data recording, display, playback, and processing

  • Recognize impediments to receiving “good telemetry”

  • How to perform periodic system checks and calibrations

This course includes:

This same course has been taught in-person at many telemetry conferences and symposia, and is now offered online! Your engineering team will appreciate the engaging delivery and detailed technical material. The on-demand format is perfect for continuing education and professional development, with the ability for enrolled students to engage in discussions / ask questions directly of the instructor via the Daedalus Aerospace training platform.

  • 3 Hours of on-demand video

  • Downloadable references

  • Access on mobile device, tablet, or computer

  • Access to instructor for questions

  • Certificate of completion

Aerospace Telemetry Ground Stations

Flight test is only useful if you can measure, capture, and visualize the data!

The goal of flight test is getting meaningful data! More often than not, data must be transmitted to a control room or ground recording station. This course provides an essential overview of aerospace flight telemetry ground stations, followed by a presentation of actual ground station hardware. Students will see how aerospace telemetry ground stations are set up to operate in the real world, including the many factors required to successfully receive telemetry data at the ground station.

Course curriculum

  1. 2
    • Frame Structure and Coding

    • Spectrum and Modulation

  2. 3
    • TM System: The Big Picture

    • Antennas

    • Multicouplers

    • Receivers and Combiners

    • Pulse Code Modulation-FM

  3. 4
    • Bit Synchronization

    • Frame Synchronization

    • Decommutation

    • Data Recording

    • Data Transport

    • Real Time Processing and Display

Single Enrollment

Pre-release course enrollment. Work at your own pace, certificate awarded upon completion.

Instructor(s)

Instructor

Mark McWhorter

Mr. McWhorter has been involved in the design, development, production and marketing of a variety of microwave components and digital communication systems for over 35 years. He holds a BSEE Degree from the University of South Florida and has authored several papers on microwave components and communication system applications. Mr. McWhorter previously held the position of Technical Director at Honeywell Space Systems, Clearwater, FL where he was involved in the design, development, and mission operations of ground based mobile Range Safety and Telemetry Systems for launch vehicle flight test applications in Kodiak, Alaska. Currently, he is VP of Sales and Marketing for Lumistar, Inc. He has written many articles over the years for publications like RF Design Magazine, Microwave Journal, Microwaves and RF, and Aerospace International Test. Besides teaching the fundamentals of telemetry since 2004, Mark is also an experienced musician, plays several instruments and has been a “front man” for several classic rock bands over the years since childhood.