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Static Detection System

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OUSD (R&E) CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Trusted AI and Autonomy; Integrated Network Systems-of-Systems OBJECTIVE: Develop and demonstrate a taxiway crossing area foreign object debris (FOD) detection/removal solution capable of scanning, detecting, locating, and relaying information to retrieve loose objects larger than a quarter inch in diameter as measured by any perspective DESCRIPTION: The precise location of the FOD and other data generated must be usable/able to be integrated by third-party applications and technologies. Upon FOD detection, the FOD-producer or 3rd party needs notification and the system should be functional on the Air Force Information Network and be capable of operating without the need for human assistance. System should be scalable to other areas such as the airfield parking ramp where aircraft maintenance occurs. The ideal state is machine-assisted detection that substantially decreases or eliminates the need to use humans for FOD detection and mitigation. The FOD retrieval unit must integrate with an autonomous independent industrial vacuum and have a FOD warning detection system that can be installed on a nearby terminal (25ft). Must be environmentally sealed/to operate outdoors and able to withstand ambient temperatures from -20F to 120F. It should operate on battery power for 3-5 hours before recharging and have an autodocking capability when it is within (25ft) of the charging station. The unit should be able to travel at a minimum of _10_ MPH and have _10k Pa (Pascal Pressure Units) of suction. The FOD warning detection system should encompass 50 square feet at the FOD checkpoint, this area should include indications (Stop lights) for both POV/GOV traffic as well as Taxiing Aircraft and should be scalable in future iterations. Upon FO Detection, stop lights will illuminate until FO is removed from the FO checkpoint. The intent of this project is to offload the FO detection process. At present, Air Force members that approach taxiway crossings conduct Foreign Object Debris (FOD) checks manually, either individually or in groups. At Spangdahlem, there are over 800 taxiway daily crossings by personal vehicles and service equipment. Barring a few exceptions, vehicle operators must perform FOD checks prior to airfield entry. The quality of checks performed by Flightline workers is subject to any number of external factors affecting the outcome. PHASE I: A feasibility study that encompasses the following at a minimum; Problem, Solution, Market, Competition, Team/Stakeholders, Financials, Milestones, Additional Information Address at least the following: 1) Annual costs for foreign object damage in military aviation overall broken down by military branch and shown as percent of total military/branch/mission support budget 2) Identify current technology capable of meeting the topic objective 3) Identify if the current technology can retire/replace a current process or technology 4) Identify ways where human lead FOD checks can go wrong, and where technological capabilities are greater than current method used by military 5) Identify security concerns and mitigations 6) Cost overview for both initial purchase, sustainment, and scaling up-to and including use across the Department of the Air Force. 7) Warrantee and service information 8) Solution impacts to cost, quality or speed versus the current method 9) Overview of the technological components to make the solution work 10) Procedural changes needed to make solution work 11) Include a visual of potential solutions complete with descriptors 12) Policy changes needed to make solution work, if any 13) Feasibility for an app component 14) Any discretionary information that may be valuable when choosing a solution proposal= PHASE II: Develop, integrate, install, test, and demonstrate a prototype system determined to be the most feasible solution during the Phase I feasibility study. This demonstration should focus specifically on; 1) Real world phase one solution application to a client Air Force base taxiway 2) Testing the scalability of solution 3) Data generation analysis - provide insight to FOD trends 4) Solution/system upgrades based on client Air Force base feedback 5) Provide/cooperate with 3rd party integration for Foreign Object removal applications. 6) Beyond government facility priority, integration into civilian airports would be the next step in applicability/usage. 7) Capabilities/issues identified but not address in previous phase can be resolved, added or remove as needed PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Seek to develop non-military applications for technologies developed during or used by this project. Provide ongoing support to military stakeholders. This capability will have applications on military taxi-ways/flight lines in which commercial and private airports could utilize in the same fashion. In addition, it could be modified for use in supply warehousing (if adapted to follow forklifts with LFOD systems or other manned/autonomous vehicles). Fully operational capability requires seamless integration onto the Air Force Information Networks (AFIN) for network transport and Air Forces Network (AFNET) for software utilization. The system will utilize these networks for software application usage (both for on-premises and remote access), security practices and procedures, and data transport requirements. Prior to inclusion on Air Force Installation Base Enclaves, all hardware components must comply with DoD Unified Capabilities Requirements (UCR), and be listed on the Department of Defense Information Network (DoDIN) Approved Products List (APL). All software components must adhere to UCR and be certified per the Air Force Evaluated Products List (EPL). In the event components are not currently authorized, authorization will be completed with the support of government sponsorship prior to capability delivery to enable immediate operational usage. Request solution use current DISA APL common criteria certified components when/where possible. Capabilities/issues identified but not address in previous phase can be resolved, added or remove as needed REFERENCES: 1. DAFI 21-101; 2. SABI 21-107 KEYWORDS: Foreign Object Debris; Damage; Aircraft Engines; Taxiway Crossing; FOD, Pebble; Flightline
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