Improvements in Spacecraft Assembly, Integration and Test

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: W9113M-10-P-0040
Agency Tracking Number: B093-021-0363
Amount: $99,983.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA09-021
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
75 Aero Camino, Suite A, Goleta, CA, 93117
DUNS: 153927827
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tom Murdock
 Principal Investigator
 (978) 927-4774
Business Contact
 Rhonda Adawi
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (805) 685-6675
Research Institution
As the scale, cost, and strategic importance of electro-optical (EO) space-based sensor programs continue to increase, the need for efficiency in the Assembly, Integration, and Test (AI&T) phase of production becomes paramount to mission success. MDA has a serious and immediate need to reduce the schedule and cost impact associated with this phase of the effort. FTI proposes an innovative approach to streamline AI&T workflow by implementing a fully-integrated data architecture which will facilitate faster analysis turn-around times and cost saving. FTI will install a central database to manage the data stream and act as a historical record. Database stored procedures calls will be added to test equipment control software to log co-referenced telemetry and meta-information directly. These technological improvements will facilitate the automation of key analysis routines. New and innovative methods of controlling and automating the analysis of test data will be developed and incorporated into an existing software framework. This will permit the display of analysis products instead of simply raw data to the Subject Matter Expert (SME). The FTI team believes this integrated approach has the potential to help make substantial reductions to the cost and duration for AI&T of future MDA Space Systems tests.

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