Prognostics for the Full, Net-Centric, Plug and Fight Integration of Army Air and Missile Defense Systems (AMD)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0096
Agency Tracking Number: A082-039-0944
Amount: $69,968.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-039
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
Ridgetop Group, Inc.
6595 North Oracle Road, Suite 153B, Tucson, AZ, 85704
DUNS: 157955597
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Justin Judkins
 Principal Investigator
 (520) 742-3300
 justin@ridgetop-group.com
Business Contact
 Douglas Goodman
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (520) 742-3300
Email: doug@ridgetop-group.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
In order to help the Army add prognostic coverage to its IAMD platform, Ridgetop will apply its proven prognostic technologies to the IAMD systems. Given our experience with integrating prognostics into other electronic systems, Ridgetop will specifically investigate adding prognostics to the following frequently failing systems: (1) electrical motor actuators; (2) electrical cable interconnects; (3) radio frequency components. Ridgetop has existing prognostic technologies that apply to these types of electronic systems. Ridgetop’s RingDown™ actuator prognostic has been successfully demonstrated to predict failures in critical electromechanical actuator systems. The Ridgetop SJ BIST™ (Solder Joint Built-in Self-Test) prognostic technology has been successfully applied in automotive applications. Ridgetop has also, in the recent past, investigated prognostic technologies for radio frequency components. We will apply all three of these technologies to the IAMD platform to help the Army reach its goals for prognostic coverage. RingDown and SJ BIST will simply be an application of existing technologies to new platforms. Ridgetop’s radio frequency prognostics are at a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 4, and this effort will advance them to a higher TRL and ready them for inclusion into Army systems. Ridgetop Group, Inc. is the leading expert in electronic prognostics, and the application of our technologies will help the Army reach its prognostic coverage goals.

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