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WI Seminar: Space-Time Coding for Aeronautical Telemetry

June 29, 2021 at 11:00 am
258 Fitzpatrick Hall / Zoom

Professor Michael Rice

ABSTRACT: Aeronautical telemetry comprises a one-way radio link from an airborne test article to a ground-based receiver. The data in the radio link are all the measurements needed by flight test engineers to ensure safety of flight and to assess performance. To produce full spatial coverage for fixed- and rotary-wing test articles, two antennas mounted on the top and bottom of the fuselage are used. When the same signal is transmitted from both antennas, self-interference can cause link outages. These link outages are called the “two-antenna problem.” This talk shows that the two-antenna problem is equivalent to a special case of a multiple-input/multiple-output (MIMO) system whose performance can be improved using space-time coding. The talk describes a prototype system and test flights conducted at Edwards AFB, CA to prove the concept.

BIOGRAPHY: Michael Rice (M’82 SM’98 F’17) received a BSEE from Louisiana Tech University in 1987 and his PhD from Georgia Tech in 1991. Dr. Rice was with Digital Transmission Systems, Inc. in Atlanta and joined the faculty at Brigham Young University in 1991 where he is currently a professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. Professor Rice was a NASA/ASEE Summer Faculty Fellow at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory during 1994 and 1995 where he worked on land mobile satellite systems. During the 1999-2000 academic year, Professor Rice was a visiting scholar at the Communication Systems and Signal Processing Institute at San Diego State University.

Professor Rice’s research interests are in the area of digital communication theory and signal processing with a special interest in applications to aeronautical telemetry and software radio design. He has been a consultant to both government and industry on telemetry related issues. He is a member of the IEEE Communications Society and is past chair of the Communication Theory Technical Committee. He is also a member of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronics System Society and is currently a member of the Board of Governors. Since 2018 he has served as the Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems.

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