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Flight Test Execution Team Pre-Mission Training Tool

Description:

TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Information Systems

OBJECTIVE: To develop innovative distributed tools for performing pre-execution on-console training to optimize flight test execution team readiness, and establish quantifiable metrics suitable for objective evidence.

DESCRIPTION: Increases in flight test complexity, geographically distributed test execution teams and accompanying growth in complexity of formal Launch Constraints and other test execution procedures drive the need for new and innovative test-execution team training tools and methods.An integrated training environment controller is required which can be deployed across the distributed execution team to support real-time anomaly insertion, track operator actions and assess team readiness for the increasingly complex flight testing programs. The challenge is to develop a tool that is sufficiently flexible to model the ever increasing mission-specific flight test constraints which evolve through the Government’s requirement to produce realistic flight test events and push the developed systems to their maximum performance limits.This requirement, in turn, also impacts the required training cycle and forces a drastic improvement with the training realism and the resulting value of mission rehearsals.The specific challenge to be addressed is that the tools must codify mission-specific training metrics which can be logged automatically for post-rehearsal readiness assessments. If successful, the software tools will benefit many military applications such as test directors and operators by ensureing the personnel are fully capable and prepared to execute test events which cost hundreds of millions of dollars to execute. The specific weapon and target platforms of interest for this topic is a test targets for ground-based High Energy Laser (HEL) weapon systems, long range hypersonic weapons, and ballistic missile defense systems. The objective software application for this topic is not specified as the government currently utilizes a small set of Monte Carlo trajectories to execute the simplistic training due to the lack of operator training tools. It is expected that the design be modular in nature and can be applied to a variety of range commercial and military testing applications.The offeror must include a demonstration system (software and some integration hardware) for performance demonstration during Phase II.

PHASE I: The phase I effort will result in the concept feasibility, architecture, design of the proposed solution, and demonstrate prototype components. The phase I effort shall include a final report including software requirements, system software architecture, software detailed design, and cyber-security approach.

PHASE II: The Phase I designs will be utilized to develop, integrate, interface, test and evaluate a breadboard system. The breadboard system design will then be modified as necessary to produce a final prototype. The final prototype will be demonstrated to highlight the suitability to representing the range flight systems and controls. A complete demonstration system inclusive of representative elements must also be provided by the offeror. TRL (Technology Readiness Level):TRL 5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment.

PHASE III: Civil, commercial and military applications include training systems for commercial and military test ranges. High energy lasers and advanced propulsion systems can leverage this technology to ensure safe operations of flight vehicles by the use of this/these software tool(s) to train qualified personnel for range safety.The Phase III effort would be to 1) design and build a training system for long range precision fires applications in connection with multiple MRTFB test ranges and/or 2) design and build a target detection/tracking processor that could be integrated into the Army’s High Energy Laser Mobile Tactical Truck (HEL-MTT) vehicle for test targets as necessary. Military funding for this Phase III effort would be executed by the US Army Space and Missile Defense Technical Center.

KEYWORDS: Test, Range, Telemetry, Training, Tool, Software, Packet, Transmission, Display, Student, Laser, Missile, Safety, Operator, Computer, Cyber, Cybersecurity, Security

References:

Software Testing Tutorial: Free Course. (Guru99 2019). Retrieved from https://www.guru99.com/software-testing.html; White Sands Missile Range WSMR Public > RCC > Available Publications. (Year, Month Date of publication). Retrieved from https://www.wsmr.army.mil/RCCsite/Pages/Publications.aspx; Secretariat, Range Commanders Council “TELEMETRY NETWORKS,” Telemetry Group Range Commanders Council, (May 2011)

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