"On the Use of Reconfigurable Hardware in Airliner Cabin Environment Research"

Sin Ming Loo
FAA Center of Excellence for Airliner Cabin Environment Research
Boise State University


Ever been sick after a trip to paradise? Thought about the quality of the air you breathe on the airplane? Commercial airplane passengers and crews breathe a mixture of outside and re-circulated air, similar to the air in many homes and offices. But the cabin environment is unique, due to the proximity of the passengers, the need for cabin pressurization, the low humidity, and the potential for exposure to common chemical and biological contaminants, all in an enclosed structure. This paper describes the use of reconfigurable hardware in designing a wireless network sensor system for monitoring the aircraft cabin. This paper also describes the airliner cabin environment, reconfigurable sensor system backbone, challenges, features of the sensor system, and trade-offs for the system to be feasible.

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