US 9,811,079 B2
Systems and methods for wireless monitoring and control of countermeasure dispenser testing systems
Alton W Theiss, Whitney, TX (US)
Assigned to L-3 Communications Integrated Systems, L.P., Waco, TX (US)
Filed by L-3 Communications Integrated Systems L.P., Waco, TX (US)
Filed on Dec. 23, 2013, as Appl. No. 14/138,862.
Prior Publication US 2015/0331417 A1, Nov. 19, 2015
Int. Cl. G06F 19/00 (2011.01); G05B 23/00 (2006.01); H04B 17/10 (2015.01); H04B 17/20 (2015.01); G05B 19/042 (2006.01)
CPC G05B 23/00 (2013.01) [G05B 19/0428 (2013.01); H04B 17/10 (2015.01); H04B 17/20 (2015.01)] 25 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A system for wireless testing of a countermeasure dispenser system (CMDS), comprising:
at least one wireless countermeasure dispenser testing (WCDT) system comprising wireless communication circuitry and being configured to be received in a munitions cavity of a countermeasure dispenser of the CMDS to at least one of:
gather diagnostic data regarding operation of the countermeasure dispenser and wirelessly transmit the gathered diagnostic data, or
test one or more operating features of the countermeasure dispenser, or
a combination thereof; and
at least one wireless user interface (WUI) system having wireless communication circuitry, the WUI system being configured to at least one of:
transmit wireless test control signals to control operation of the WCDT system to test one or more operating features of the countermeasure dispenser, or
receive wireless-transmitted gathered diagnostic data from the WCDT system and at least one of display, store or wirelessly retransmit information that is based on the gathered diagnostic data, or
a combination thereof;
where the WCDT system is configured to:
selectably actuate payload identification and magazine presence switches of the countermeasure dispenser in response to wireless test control signals received from the WUI system,
receive munitions firing signals from firing contacts of the countermeasure dispenser, and
wirelessly transmit munitions firing information to the WUI system, the munitions firing information reporting the receipt or non-receipt of the munitions firing signals from the firing contacts of the countermeasure dispenser;
where the WUI system is configured to:
transmit wireless test control signals to control operation of the WCDT to selectably actuate the payload identification and magazine presence switches of the countermeasure dispenser to simulate presence and/or type of munitions contained within the countermeasure dispenser,
receive the wireless-transmitted munitions firing information from the WCDT, and
at least one of display, store, or wirelessly retransmit information that is based at least in part on the wireless-transmitted munitions firing information; and
where the WCDT system comprises:
wireless communication and processing circuitry configured to exchange wireless communication signals with the wireless user interface (WUI) system,
one or more extendable and retractable plunger pins that are each configured to selectably extend from the WCDT to selectably depress a respective multi-position payload identification and magazine presence switch of the countermeasure dispenser when the WCDT is received within the munitions cavity of the countermeasure dispenser,
actuation circuitry coupled to the wireless communication and processing circuitry and including at least one mechanical actuator mechanically coupled to each of the respective moveable plunger pins, the mechanical actuator being configured to selectably extend and retract a respective one of the plunger pins in response to respective plunger control signals received from the wireless communication and processing circuitry that are provided in response to wireless test control signals received from the WUI system, and
firing test interface circuitry coupled to the wireless communication and processing circuitry and configured to interface with one or more firing contacts of the countermeasure dispenser when the WCDT is received within the munitions cavity of the countermeasure dispenser, the firing test interface circuitry being configured to receive respective munitions firing signals from the firing contacts of the countermeasure dispenser, and the wireless communication and processing circuitry being configured to wirelessly report the receipt of the munitions firing signals to the WUI system as munitions firing information.