RHOTHETA introduces ARINC 429 for RT-600 Airborne Direction Finder
The ARINC 429 interface is added in response to demands from OEMs, completion centers, and operators worldwide
For 20+ years the RHOTHETA RT-600 wideband airborne direction finder (DF) has been integrated via RS232 serial interface protocol with mission management systems developed by Churchill Navigation™, AeroComputers™, CarteNav™, and others.
An airborne direction finder is more valuable when integrated into mission systems because displaying the DF data – line of bearing (LOB), received signal strength, COSPAS-SARSAT™ beacon ID and lat-long coordinates, LoJack™ VLU, etc. – alongside other mission data improves overall situational awareness. It keeps crews from having to synthesize data from multiple sensors, facilitating a common operating picture.
Now RHOTHETA has updated the RT-600 with an ARINC 429 2T/2R optional interface, which allows the DF to be connected with up to two mission computers in the aircraft, each receiving and transmitting data simultaneously. DF data available to the mission computers includes DF Status, Active operating frequency, Active operating band, Bearing values, Signal level, Squelch level, COSPAS-SARSAT™ data, and LoJack™ data.The 32-bit data transmission speed can be configured for 12.5 kbps or 100 kbps using the “Service” port.
This development is RHOTHETA’s response to increasing demands from fixed-wing and helicopter OEMs, completion centers, government agencies and search-and-rescue (SAR) operators worlwide for more RT-600 interconnectivity options.
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