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Pax River Naval Air Station Upgrades Air-Test Video Distribution


announced that its Cheetah and Tiger routing systems have been installed in the U.S. Navy test center at Patuxent River, Md. The routing installation designed and installed by Gaithersburg, Md.-based systems integrator and PESA dealer Professional Products, Inc., is being used to distribute all video from the Navy’s Atlantic test range along with other visual documentary data throughout the test center. PESA’s integrated control system enables Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC) engineers to transport NTSC, RBGHV, and SDI signals across the facility easily and efficiently from a single interface.

Located on Chesapeake Bay, the Patuxent facility is one of the NAWC divisions responsible for the design, development, and engineering of aircraft, avionics, air-launched weapons, electronic warfare systems, cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, launch and arresting gear, training equipment and facilities, and other equipment related to Navy and Marine Corps air power.

Ground tracking stations equipped with cameras and high-power telescopes allow engineers to monitor aircraft and aircraft systems as they are tested, and the resulting video is distributed via PESA routers to video control room display and recording systems, the main control room’s display monitors and flight test consoles, telemetry project engineering stations (PES), and to offices and conference rooms.

A 256×256 Cheetah system handles NTSC signals and thereby supports the enormous store of NTSC video accumulated by the facility over the years. The center’s tracking instrumentation was upgraded along with its routing systems, and a PESA 64×64 Tiger router handles the SDI signals these systems generate. A second 64×64 Tiger system handles RGBHV signals, primarily computer-generated content such as maps.