The aerospace and defense industries have some of the toughest electronic testing requirements of any industry. Test engineers face intense demands to find the most advanced test technologies so they can design and implement critical test and measurement systems. At Pickering, we understand these challenges—since 1988, we have been designing and manufacturing commercial and custom switching and simulation systems for aerospace and defense applications, ranging from General Purpose switching, Fault Insertion for Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation, to RF/Microwave switching up to 67GHz.
Our capabilities and expertise are the reasons why major aerospace and defense companies such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Honeywell, Orbital Sciences, Rockwell Collins, BAE Systems, Ball Aerospace, NASA, Airbus and many more specify our PXI, PCI and LXI products for their functional test needs.
We have extensive experience with many different aerospace and defense applications including aircraft lightning protection testing, HASS testing, and satellite payload testing.
VXI to PXI Migration
The Aerospace and Defense industries were early adopters of Modular test platforms. One of the first successes was VXI, and it has served these industries very well for more than 20 years. Now as VXI test systems become obsolete, test systems developers look to PXI as the next generation modular platform for their industries. The availability of switching and instrumentation in PXI makes the choice relatively easy. However, the issue of migrating test programs from VXI to PXI, specifically in switching applications, is of concern. The ability to replicate original test configurations to support legacy FRUs (Field Replaceable Units) is important to continue supporting older test programs while planning for future requirements.
We have developed PXI switching and simulation modules that can replicate the previous VXI switching configurations to make your job of integration that much easier. And our policy of supporting our PXI products for 15 to 20 years, and even longer, means that your next-generation test systems will have as long a life as their predecessors. Take a look here for a cross-reference to popular VXI switching modules.
Our product offering vary from the highest density switching matrices (our PXI BRIC modules and LXI matrix modules), RF and optical switching products, RTD simulators and programmable resistance modules for military and aerospace applications. Below you will find a number of modules optimized for the military and aerospace industries.
At Pickering we know that aerospace & defense electronic modules have unique testing needs that are driven by requirements for long operating life, high reliability and hostile environmental conditions. Please contact us to discuss your military or aerospace test application in detail or feel free to download our brochure here.