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Diagnostics and Health Management for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Payloads

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Department of Defense
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2011 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
QorTek, Inc.
1965 Lycoming Creek Road, Suite 205 Williamsport, PA 17701-1251
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Diagnostics and Health Management for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Payloads
Agency: DOD
Contract: FA8650-11-M-3138
Award Amount: $149,991.00


ABSTRACT: In recent years significant effort in the development of sophisticated algorithms to complete prognostics (remaining useful life) RUL of electronic and mechanical systems has been completed. Life prediction of on-board sensor suites of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) remains behind the development curve of current work in health monitoring. QorTek, in collaboration with Northrop Grumman, proposes to implement a method based on statistics to substantially improve diagnostics and prognostics of the on-board sensor systems of the Global Hawk platform. The Global Hawk program headed by Northrop Grumman is an unmanned surveillance platform that has been deployed to areas such as Iraq and Afghanistan in recent conflicts. The Global Hawk platform is used both by the United States Air Force and Navy. Anticipated results of the program include health monitoring, remaining life prediction, source identification of system degradation, and system reconfiguration for maintaining system readiness. BENEFIT: In military markets, the ability to predict the end of useful system life can save human lives and maintain mission readiness. In terms of commercialization, the ability to predict RUL can be economically beneficial. Many types of commercial systems from traction applications, industrial machinery, to airliner maintenance can benefit from the implementation of a maintenance schedule algorithm. Maintenance can be planned as needed instead of a regularly scheduled maintenance reducing down time. Integration of a health monitoring algorithm into the commercial fleet can be a viable method to reduce maintenance costs and down time.

Principal Investigator:

Gregory M. Bower
Principal Investigator
(570) 322-2700

Business Contact:

Cathy A. Brooke
Chief Financial Officer
(570) 322-2700
Small Business Information at Submission:

QorTek, Inc.
1965 Lycoming Creek Road Suite 205 Williamsport, PA -

EIN/Tax ID: 232954664
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No