Kayser-Threde delivered test data archive for Eurofighter

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

ISSN: 0002-2667

Article publication date: 1 April 2000




(2000), "Kayser-Threde delivered test data archive for Eurofighter", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 72 No. 2. https://doi.org/10.1108/aeat.2000.12772bab.027



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Kayser-Threde delivered test data archive for Eurofighter

Kayser-Threde delivered test data archive for Eurofighter

Keywords: Kayser-Threde, DaimlerChrysler, Data, Archives

Eurofighter test data are being archived at DaimlerChrysler Aerospace AG (Dasa, Munich) with the aid of a new generation data archive from Kayser-Threde which has been in operation since the end of November. Dasa's Military Aircraft Business Unit placed the order with the Munich-based systems house Kayser-Threde for the demanding K9000 IT system only four months ago. This extraordinary data archive securely stores valuable data generated, e.g. during aerodynamic tests or engine tests of the fighter aircraft (presently 6 teraByte) and makes them available over a considerable perjod.

At the Manching site, Dasa and the armed forces of Germany have set up a test center for the Eurofighter and other Nato fighter aircraft. This is where a custom-made K9000 data archive is employed. The stored data (which include geometric and aerodynamic data, mass, center of gravity, engine data) enable quick and user-friendly evaluation of configuration and flying qualities of the Eurofighter, even partly online.

The data archive had to meet a multitude of specific requirements such as modular concept with a storage capacity of 6TB, data transfer rate of at least 10MB/s and media cost of under US$2 per GB as well as integration into the existing environment. K9000 is based on a Qualstar TLS 46120 tape library working with up to six SONY AIT-2 recorders. Data control and management are effected by Kayser-Threde ADAS (Automated Data Archiving System) software package running on SGI workstations.

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