Topic Numbers - 6

Innovative Approach to Build and Maintain an Analysis Management System Infrastructure

TECHNOLOGY AREAS: Air Platform, Materials/Processes


The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR Topic Numbers - 6), which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals, their country of origin, and what tasks each would Topic Numbers - 6 accomplish in the statement of work in accordance with section 3.5.b.(7) of the solicitation.

OBJECTIVE: Develop innovative methodologies to automatically capture, share, and manage computational documentation and their application intent.

DESCRIPTION: Over the last decade Topic Numbers - 6 innovations in the management of digital computer-aided design (CAD) documentation has increased productivity and allowed for greater collaboration among designers. Despite these efforts in the manufacturing and production phase of a Topic Numbers - 6 project no current solution exist for managing calculation-based documentation that concisely links the intent of the analyst to the final product. This is due to the need for more Topic Numbers - 6 than one software package to complete a calculation task which can best be classified as calculators and the publishers. While most commercial software developers continue to move towards Extensible Markup Language (XML Topic Numbers - 6) formatting enabling for greater interoperability, interfacing these formats still require significant amounts of effort for customizing and automating processes and are limited by their XML Schemas.

Since maintaining an aircraft fleet is a live Topic Numbers - 6 process that requires a proactive approach to mitigate a broad range of structural concerns that can present on the field, capturing all calculations performed, and allowing the sharing of information, is of Topic Numbers - 6 great importance to prevent re-inventing the wheel. An innovative Analysis Management System (AMS) solution beyond conventional XML Schemas is sought to auto integrate common engineering tools required to complete computational analysis Topic Numbers - 6, increasing the efficiency of repairs, flight clearances, and conceptual designs.

PHASE I: Develop approaches to auto capture, share, and manage computational documentation and their application intent. Determine the feasibility of the Topic Numbers - 6 developed methodology by demonstrating in a virtual environment (XML, flash, or other digital visualization technique) how document relationships will be auto created and managed.

PHASE II: Complete design and development of Topic Numbers - 6 the AMS. Perform validation and verification of prototype system through extensive testing. Demonstrate the ability of the system to interact with various commercial structural analysis packages.

PHASE III: Transition the validated AMS and Topic Numbers - 6 tool integration methods to government agencies and commercial organizations.

PRIVATE SECTOR COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL/DUAL-USE APPLICATIONS: Electronic calculations-based documents are generated on a daily basis in support of various Topic Numbers - 6 engineering design efforts, but no current system exists that ties all the available documents into a concise infrastructure that enables the flow of analysis and design intents. Through a CAMS solution information can be Topic Numbers - 6 stored and accessed in terms of quantity (outputs) and of quality (inputs, intents, and processes) enabling a decision maker to view a broader picture. Tighter document integration increases efficiency, minimizes Topic Numbers - 6 design errors, and allows sharing relevant knowledge more effectively.


1. "Describing and retrieving photos using RDF and HTTP". Method of tagging useful information.

2. Ardayfio, Mark A., "Methods for Topic Numbers - 6 Capturing Design Intent Using Key Characteristics", MIT 1998.

KEYWORDS: CMS; Resource Description Framework (RDF); Analysis Management; Design Intent; XML Integration; Reuse

^ N091-033 TITLE: Nanoporous Thermal Barrier Coatings for Aircraft Structural Surfaces

TECHNOLOGY AREAS: Air Platform Topic Numbers - 6, Materials/Processes


The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), which controls the export and import Topic Numbers - 6 of defense-related material and services. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals, their country of origin, and what tasks each would accomplish in the statement of work in accordance with Topic Numbers - 6 section 3.5.b.(7) of the solicitation.

OBJECTIVE: Develop an innovative thermal barrier coating system for aircraft surfaces (metal and fiberglass) capable of exposure to moderate short-duration heating.

DESCRIPTION: In many Topic Numbers - 6 situations encountered in military aircraft there is a need for a spray-in-place coating which has superior thermal efficiency, has extremely low weight, and is capable of protecting the surface for Topic Numbers - 6 a brief period of time from heating by moderate-temperature air up to 500°F. One example in military aircraft occurs in the outer wing panels of the aircraft: when these wing panels are Topic Numbers - 6 folded on the ground with the engine running and the exhaust from the engine cooling system impinges on the panels with adverse fatigue effects. Other examples may include over heating of fiberglass structural Topic Numbers - 6 components. The developed thermal barrier coating material should have thermal conductivity values in service conditions that are very low (e.g. < 25 mW/m-K at 400 F) at bulk coating densities lower than 200 kg Topic Numbers - 6/m3. Previous research has shown that nanoporous materials such as aerogels can be applied using spray techniques yielding a highly insulating coating system; however, these systems do not meet durability and application Topic Numbers - 6 requirements.

To be successful, the developed coating system must have low aerial weight, be mechanically robust, insensitive to environmental factors such as rain and moisture, and highly thermally insulating per unit thickness Topic Numbers - 6. The thermal protection systems must provide a thermal barrier to protect the substrate when heated for a minimum of 10 minutes at temperatures up to 500 degrees F. In addition, application of Topic Numbers - 6 the coating must use a room temperature spray process that produces a consistent and uniform thickness.

PHASE I: Develop a coating system formulation for application to aluminum and fiberglass/epoxy surfaces Topic Numbers - 6 and demonstrate the feasibility of the approach through limited thermal testing.

PHASE II: Fully develop the thermal protection system including the sprayable application process. Demonstrate the spray application process and the ability Topic Numbers - 6 of the system to protect aircraft components of relevant size to operational aircraft. Validate thermal and mechanical performance of the coating in realistic environmental tests.

PHASE III: Perform full scale thermal ground testing of the Topic Numbers - 6 thermal protection system on actual aircraft components. Transition the developed technology to other aircraft applications.

PRIVATE SECTOR COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL/DUAL-USE APPLICATIONS: Private sector application and dual-use applications exist Topic Numbers - 6 in any industry/product requiring low weight, durable, thermal insulating coatings.


1. Akimov, Yu. K., Fields of Application of Aerogels (Review), Instruments and Experimental Techniques (Translation), 46, 2003, 287-299

2. Jones, S.M., Aerogel: Space Exploration Applications Topic Numbers - 6, Journal Sol-Gel Sci Techn, 40, 2006, 351-357

KEYWORDS: aerogel; spray-in-place insulator; spray-on insulator; nanoporous materials; aerospace; thermal barrier coating

^ N091-034 TITLE: High-Speed, Low- Power, Highly Integrated, Wide Wavelength Range Topic Numbers - 6 Tunable Laser for Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) Networks

TECHNOLOGY AREAS: Air Platform, Information Systems, Electronics

ACQUISITION PROGRAM: PMA-274, Presidential Helicopter Programs

The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), which Topic Numbers - 6 controls the export and import of defense-related material and services. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals, their country of origin, and what tasks each would accomplish in Topic Numbers - 6 the statement of work in accordance with section 3.5.b.(7) of the solicitation.

OBJECTIVE: Develop a fast-tuning speed, compact, widely wavelength tunable, low dissipation power, wide temperature range, laser transmitter for Topic Numbers - 6 fiber optic communications for avionic applications.

DESCRIPTION: Single-mode dense wavelength division multiplexed (DWDM) optical networks are emerging as a leading solution for data, video and voice communication links in avionic systems. One key element Topic Numbers - 6 for these optical links is a widely tunable laser transmitter capable of selecting a DWDM wavelength over the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) C-band, L-band, and possibly X-band or beyond Topic Numbers - 6. Fast tuning speed (i.e., sub-microsecond) will enable wavelength addressing to replace electronic switching. In order to meet the needs of military avionics, the tunable laser transmitter components must be very Topic Numbers - 6 compact (smaller and thinner than a standard butterfly package), able to operate over a wide temperature range (-40¢X to +100¢XC and beyond), able to survive in the harsh shock Topic Numbers - 6 and vibration environment of aerospace (see references 3 and 4), and consume very little power (less than 1 watt).

Proposed concepts should consider the following performance objectives of this research effort:

1. Size: 0.1m3

2. Power: 1W Topic Numbers - 6/channel

3. Environmental: -40„aC to +100„aC

4. Performance: (threshold) 10Gbps (objective) 40 Gbps

5. Wavelength range (tunable channels): 1550 C-Band ITU Grid (40)

6. Wavelength accuracy: „b 0.1 nm

7. Extinction Ratio: > 8 dB

8. Optical Insertion Loss: < 3.5 dB

9. Side Mode Suppression Ratio: „d 30 dB

10. Fiber Coupled Output power minimum: 10mW

11. Output fiber Topic Numbers - 6: Single Mode Fiber (Mode Field Diameter: 5-10 um)

12. On/Off speed: < 500 nsec (with control circuit)

13. BIT: Yes

14. Removable pigtail: Yes

PHASE I: Develop a design approach, demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed technology Topic Numbers - 6, and evaluate it with respect to the stated performance objectives.

PHASE II: Optimize the design approach, fabricate and package prototype technology. Demonstrate the prototype with respect to the stated performance objectives.

PHASE III Topic Numbers - 6: Complete the development effort. Transition the optical technology to general purpose avionic platform networking for military applications.

PRIVATE SECTOR COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL/DUAL-USE APPLICATIONS: Commercial ventures have similar space, weight Topic Numbers - 6, power, and cost (SWAP-C) challenges for their application space. A highly integrated, small size, low-cost, robust alternative commercially available system with a fast tunable laser at its heart can open Topic Numbers - 6 up commercial networking market space as well as enable application to commercial aerospace networking.


1. Anan, Muhammad T., Chaudhry, Ghulam M., and Benhaddou, Driss, ¡§Architecture and Performance of A Next-Generation Optical Burst Topic Numbers - 6 Switch (OBS),¡¨ Broadband Communications, Networks and Systems, 2006. BROADNETS 2006. 3rd International Conference on, Publication Date: 1-5 Oct. 2006, pp 1 ¡V 9,ISBN: 978-1-4244-0425-4.

2. "EtherBurst" Optical Switching,

3. RTCA DO160 F - Environmental Conditions and Test Procedures for Topic Numbers - 6 Airborne Equipment, 2007-12-06.

4. McDermott, B.G.; Beranek, M.W.; Hackert, M.J.; "Fiber Optic Cable Assembly Specification Checklist for Avionics Applications" Avionics Fiber-Optics and Photonics, 2006 IEEE Conference; pp 80 - 81.

KEYWORDS Topic Numbers - 6: Laser; Transmitter; Fiber Optics; Optical Communications; Networking; WDM LAN

^ N091-035 TITLE: Elimination of Carbon Monoxide From Pilot’s Breathing Oxygen

TECHNOLOGY AREAS: Air Platform, Materials/Processes, Biomedical, Human Systems

ACQUISITION PROGRAM: PMA-202 Aircrew Systems; PMA Topic Numbers - 6 257 AV-8B; PMA 265 F/A 18

OBJECTIVE: Eliminate carbon monoxide (CO) from oxygen breathing gas produced by the aircraft’s on-board oxygen generating system (OBOGS) during shipboard operations.

DESCRIPTION: Navy tactical aircraft operate in Topic Numbers - 6 close proximity to one another during shipboard launch and recovery. During these operations, high levels of engine exhaust gases are ingested into the aircraft’s bleed air system which provides Topic Numbers - 6 pressurized air to the OBOGS. The OBOGS uses pressure swing adsorption (PSA) to selectively remove nitrogen and other contaminates from a pressurized air source to provide oxygen enriched breathing gas to the pilot. Prolonged Topic Numbers - 6 exposure to jet engine exhaust while sitting behind another aircraft waiting to take off and operating with low bleed air pressures can result in carbon monoxide (CO) breaking through the Topic Numbers - 6 PSA unit’s molecular sieve beds and into the pilot’s breathing gas. A method of eliminating CO from the breathing gas while meeting the needs for low pressure operation is required Topic Numbers - 6. Preference will be given to solutions that can be adapted at the OBOGS component level rather than adding parts to the aircraft. The solution should not require routine servicing.

General OBOGS operating Topic Numbers - 6 conditions to consider are as follows: 1) Bleed air flow into the OBOGS is approximately 1 pound-mass per minute which could include up to 120 parts per million by volume (ppmv) CO at pressures that ranges from Topic Numbers - 6 9 to 150 pounds per square inch, gage (PSIG). 2) OBOGS oxygen pressures supplied from the OBOGS PSA unit to the pilot’s breathing regulator ranges from 8 to 60 PSIG. Pressures downstream of the Topic Numbers - 6 pilot’s breathing regulator are approximately atmospheric pressure. 3) Oxygen flow from the OBOGS to the pilot(s) ranges from 8 to 200 liters/minute at atmospheric pressure. 4) Atmospheric pressure ranges from sea level to Topic Numbers - 6 50,000 ft. 5) OBOGS breathing oxygen delivered to the pilot must contain less than 10 ppmv CO to comply with physiological safety requirements specified in reference (6) (threshold requirement). It is preferred to reduce CO Topic Numbers - 6 levels to 5 ppmv or less (objective requirement). 6) The operating temperature of the OBOGS for this application can range from -40 deg F to +160 deg F (objective) and 0 deg F to +160 deg F (threshold Topic Numbers - 6). 7) Contamination of the OBOGS is primarily a ground based event that can include exposure to engine exhaust and CO for up to 60 minutes prior to take-off. 8) The pilot’s breathing oxygen must be Topic Numbers - 6 at or below threshold (preferably objective) CO levels for the duration of the pre-flight, mission, and post-flight.

PHASE I: Develop an approach and method for eliminating CO (or oxidizing the Topic Numbers - 6 CO to CO2) while meeting the performance and reliability requirements of the oxygen system. Develop the concept for aircraft integration. Provide preliminary performance data to verify the chosen method will eliminate or Topic Numbers - 6 effectively oxidize the CO to CO2.

PHASE II: Optimize the method and develop a prototype for system and aircraft testing. Demonstrate the method developed in Phase I by integrating the solution into Topic Numbers - 6 an OBOGS mock up.

PHASE III: Produce the components for incorporation in the aircraft or aircraft subcomponent.

PRIVATE SECTOR COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL/DUAL-USE APPLICATIONS: PSA based oxygen systems are being considered by commercial Topic Numbers - 6 aviation. Traffic patterns for commercial aviation often result in aircraft lining up behind one another waiting to take off. Thus future commercial aircraft that use OBOGS will face the same Topic Numbers - 6 issues and are potential candidates for this technology. The commercial aviation sector would benefit from an effective CO filter of OBOGS gas for crew and passenger safety.

A dual-use application includes CO elimination Topic Numbers - 6 in point of use oxygen generating systems used by military mobile hospitals and civilian disaster / mass casualty response teams.


1. "Fundamentals of Aerospace Medicine", edited by Roy L. DeHart, Lea and Febiger Topic Numbers - 6, 1985.

2. "Aviation Medicine", Second Edition, Edited by Air Vice-Marshal John Ernsting and Air Vice-Marshal Peter King, Butterworth -Heinemann, Ltd, 1988.

3. "Gas Separation By Adsorption Processes", Ralph T. Yang, Imperial College Press Topic Numbers - 6, 1997.

4. "Pressure Swing Adsorption", Douglas Ruthven et. al, John Wiley and Sons, 1994.

5. General Description of OBOGS Aircraft Integration

"OBOGS and OBIGGS: The Application of Molecular Sieves to Aircrew Breathing and Aircraft Survivablity", Robert L Topic Numbers - 6. Cramer, Proceedings of the 19th Annual SAFE Symposium, 1981.

6. ASCC 61/101/10, “The Minimum Quality Requirement for On Board Generated Oxygen”, Air Standardization Coordinating Committee Advisory Publication, 12 Feb 1988.

KEYWORDS: OBOGS; Breathing; Oxygen; Carbon monoxide Topic Numbers - 6(CO); Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA); Engine Exhaust.

^ N091-036 TITLE: Innovative WDM Mesh Micro-network Connection for avionics networks

TECHNOLOGY AREAS: Air Platform, Information Systems, Electronics

ACQUISITION PROGRAM: PMA-263, Navy Unmanned Vehicle Program

The technology Topic Numbers - 6 within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals, their Topic Numbers - 6 country of origin, and what tasks each would accomplish in the statement of work in accordance with section 3.5.b.(7) of the solicitation.

OBJECTIVE: Develop a second degree or above, highly integrated Topic Numbers - 6, general purpose, Wavelength Division Multiplexed (WDM) mesh network connection capable of providing microsecond or faster switching speeds for initial network set up, reconfiguration, and restoration.

DESCRIPTION: While numerous research and development programs work Topic Numbers - 6 on pushing the state of the art for optical components for avionics application, very few if any фокус on the innovation required to integrate the right technology in the right format Topic Numbers - 6 to create compact, durable and power efficient packages which we can fly in the military aviation environment. The state of the art in optical networking is such that WDM networks Topic Numbers - 6 exist fulfilling the commercial telecom long distance requirements. They фокус on addressing dispersion versus fulfilling the high connectivity of a LAN where there are numerous connections with lengths no longer than 100 meters Topic Numbers - 6, which have no dispersion or non-linearity to speak of. By lifting the telecom’s dispersion requirement, innovative solutions are required which utilize the state of the art in photonic component device and packaging integration Topic Numbers - 6 technology to fulfill the maximum avionics networking functionality.

Single-mode Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexed (DWDM) optical networks are emerging as a leading solution for data communication links in avionic systems Topic Numbers - 6. These DWDM networks provide the promise of upgrade capability to hundreds of independent wavelengths over the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) C-band, L-band, and possibly X-band or beyond, each capable of Topic Numbers - 6 carrying an independent application. One key element for these optical links is a seamless backbone connection which combines a high degree of optical functionality transparency (eliminate or minimize Optical–Electrical-Optical conversions Topic Numbers - 6) for signal routing on and off the backbone network and possibly to generate and receive those signals within the backbone network. In addition, they might potentially provide electronic support capabilities required for Topic Numbers - 6 general purpose connections on the small real estate available in avionics systems. As a basic building block, this device needs only to provide millisecond configuration with a migration path to microsecond Topic Numbers - 6 and fast speeds.

It is envisioned that proposed innovative concepts would integrate the functionality of a tunable laser transmitter, tunable arrayed waveguide grating, a wavelength converter and an add-drop multiplexer on a substrate Topic Numbers - 6 the size of 1 cm3. Environmentally, this device would be ruggedized to perform flawlessly over a temperature range of -40 to 100°C range and comply with testing regimes chosen from MIL-STD-883 under Topic Numbers - 6 the guidance of MIL-STD-810F. Additionally, this network connection has to provide sufficient configuration resilience to support initial network set up, reconfiguration, restoration, low latency and fault tolerance. Innovative concepts optimizing size Topic Numbers - 6, weight and power (SWAP) as well as sufficient network connection and transmission functionality are desired. Additional metrics include estimated cost of the final design once developed and the anticipated ability to Topic Numbers - 6 survive in the harsh aerospace environment.

PHASE I: Develop a design approach and integration strategy, demonstrate feasibility of the proposed technology, and evaluate it with respect to stated performance objectives that include Topic Numbers - 6 form, fit, function, and environmental requirements for a highly integrated, general purpose, WDM mesh network connection for avionics networking.

PHASE II: Design, fabricate, package, test and demonstrate a prototype of Topic Numbers - 6 the general purpose WDM mesh network connection that satisfies form, fit, function, performance, and stringent military environmental requirements (see reference 4 and 5).

PHASE III: Transition the optical technology to general purpose avionic platform Topic Numbers - 6 networking for military aviation application.

PRIVATE SECTOR COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL/DUAL-USE APPLICATIONS: Technology developed under this effort would benefit the commercial and military aviation community as well as the commercial long distance Topic Numbers - 6 telecom industry.


1. Mazurowski, J.; Hackert, M.; Habiby, S.; Martinec, D.; Progress in the development of a mil/aero WDM backbone standard; Avionics Fiber-Optics and Photonics, 2005. IEEE Conference

20-22 Sept. 2005, Page(s): 9- 10, Digital Object Identifier Topic Numbers - 6 10.1109/AVFOP.2005.1514131.

2. Habiby, S.F.; Advances in WDM LAN Standards Development for Aerospace Applications ; Avionics Fiber-Optics and Photonics, 2006. IEEE Conference 2006; Page(s): 20-21, Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/AVFOP.2006.1707480.

3. Krug, William P; Etemad, Shahab Topic Numbers - 6; Habiby, Sarry; Optics for Information Assurance on Platforms; Avionics, Fiber-Optics and Photonics Technology Conference, 2007 IEEE; 2-5 Oct. 2007 ; Page(s): 28-29 Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/AVFOP.2007.4365732.

4. RTCA DO160 F - Environmental Conditions and Test Procedures for Topic Numbers - 6 Airborne Equipment, 2007-12-06;

5. McDermott, B.G.; Beranek, M.W.; Hackert, M.J.; "Fiber Optic Cable Assembly Specification Checklist for Avionics Applications" Avionics Fiber-Optics and Photonics, 2006 IEEE Conference; Page(s):80 - 81.

KEYWORDS: fiber Topic Numbers - 6 optics; optical communications; networking; WDM; Mesh Network; ROADM

^ N091-037 TITLE: Real-Time, Bandwidth Optimized Collaboration Mission Planning Infrastructure

TECHNOLOGY AREAS: Information Systems, Battlespace

ACQUISITION PROGRAM: PMA 281, Joint Mission Planning Systems-Maritime (ACAT IV-T Topic Numbers - 6)

The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services. Offerors must disclose Topic Numbers - 6 any proposed use of foreign nationals, their country of origin, and what tasks each would accomplish in the statement of work in accordance with section 3.5.b.(7) of the solicitation.

OBJECTIVE: Develop innovative technologies Topic Numbers - 6 to allow for real-time, network bandwidth optimized mission planning collaboration between multiple users using the Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS) and JMPS-Expeditionary.

DESCRIPTION: Pilots use the JMPS to develop Topic Numbers - 6 route plans and weapons data load inputs prior to flying each mission. These files can be extensive and many require change prior to each flight. In addition, Force-level JMPS users attempt to optimize the Topic Numbers - 6 individual aircraft plans into larger groups of assets. The pilots and other users require real-time file transfer with simultaneous joint file manipulation between geographically separated operational units, in order to support Topic Numbers - 6 increasingly complex and time-critical mission planning processes. JMPS provides support for geographically separated pilots (mission planning users) operating at the individual Combat Unit level, with each user planning a single Topic Numbers - 6 mission for a specific aircraft. These users are often under the command of different forces and Combatant or Expeditionary Commanders. The capacity to support collaborative mission planning between individual unit users Topic Numbers - 6 in Joint Force operations, in a real-time, network bandwidth optimized manner is required. Current efforts to perform collaborative planning depend on e-mail, on-line chat, and telephone (voice). These methods are Topic Numbers - 6 non-real time, limited in the scope of information that can be communicated, and have significant potential for errors due to manual communication methods. In addition to providing real-time Topic Numbers - 6 file transfer and simultaneous manipulation of the files for nominal mission planning data, there is a need to support the advanced communication required for coordinated operations between operational units (e.g., rendezvous Topic Numbers - 6 locations, times, etc.). To realize significant reductions in the time required to complete coordinated mission/flight/weapons plans, and to eliminate the potential for errors in manual communication methods, this must be Topic Numbers - 6 performed machine-to-machine rather than by the off-line, manual methods now used. To provide maximum planning effectiveness, with no data communication errors, in the shortest possible amount of time, interoperable and Topic Numbers - 6 collaborative mission planning systems are required. Operational benefits of this technology will include decreased time-to-plan, increased sortie rate, more optimal air group performance, and greater warfighter safety.

PHASE I Topic Numbers - 6: Determine the feasibility of implementing a concept for collaboration among individual users/pilots/mission planners. Specifically address implementing a collaboration technology that is compatible with the data architecture and Service Oriented Architecture in JMPS Topic Numbers - 6 1.4. Assess these technologies with respect to human factors and operability in a wartime scenario.

PHASE II: Design, develop and demonstrate a prototype collaboration system for JMPS. Develop performance metrics to Topic Numbers - 6 quantify the improvements observed in group mission planning. Develop several mission planning test scenarios representative of multi-unit, wartime planning and communications, amongst geographically segregated planners. Perform mock mission planning exercises using Topic Numbers - 6 both manual methods in use today, and the prototype collaborative architecture/software. Evaluate prototype system performance through laboratory analysis of data obtained from experiments or testing. Perform and document a quantitative analysis of the Topic Numbers - 6 performance improvements in group mission planning using the prototype.

PHASE III: Transition and integrate mature technology into a Joint Mission Planning System collaborative mission planning production baseline.

PRIVATE SECTOR COMMERCIAL Topic Numbers - 6 POTENTIAL/DUAL-USE APPLICATIONS: This technology has direct application to Department of Homeland Security and local authorities asset dispatching and control systems where many remotely commanded assets will operate in coordinated teams.


1. Joint Mission Topic Numbers - 6 Planning System – Maritime (JMPS-M) Operational Requirements Document dated 15 June 2003.

2. Draft Collaboration Common Capability Requirements Document dated January 16, 2003.

3. Capability Requirements Specification for the Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS) Collaborative Topic Numbers - 6 Planning (CP) Common Capability (CC) dated 1 June 2004. USAF Materiel Command, Electronic Systems Center (ESC), Mission Planning Program Office (ESC/ACU).

4. International Telecommunications Union Videoconferencing and Collaboration Standards (T.120 recommendations plus portions of 130 and 140)

http Topic Numbers - 6:// Topic Numbers - 6_global_standards_collaboration_meeting.pdf

5. C4ISR Interoperability Working Group, DoD – Levels of Information Systems Interoperability – latest edition.

KEYWORDS: Communications; Collaboration; Mission Topic Numbers - 6 Planning; Joint Operations; Interoperability; Information Technology

^ N091-038 TITLE: Unmanned Operation of Fly-by-wire Testbed Aircraft

TECHNOLOGY AREAS: Air Platform, Ground/Sea Vehicles


The technology within this topic is restricted Topic Numbers - 6 under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals, their country of Topic Numbers - 6 origin, and what tasks each would accomplish in the statement of work in accordance with section 3.5.b.(7) of the solicitation.

OBJECTIVE: Develop innovative methods to convert any manned fly-by-wire aircraft Topic Numbers - 6 into an optionally-piloted platform for testing weapon systems and advanced sensors requiring high risk flights.

DESCRIPTION: There is a need for a readily-available and flexible tactical-envelop testbed that can be flown Topic Numbers - 6, when needed for safety reasons, without a pilot in the cockpit. This capability will aid the development of riskier, yet high potential payoff, avionics and weapons systems before they mature into Topic Numbers - 6 the spirals of military aircraft. Current commercially-available testbed aircraft are neither capable of trans- and super-sonic regimes, nor are they optionally-piloted. Military aircraft attached to test squadrons are often not available Topic Numbers - 6 for R&D work, nor are they optionally-piloted. Current dedicated full-scale tactical targets are difficult to schedule for sporadic, yet repeated R&D tests, and they are Topic Numbers - 6 limited by the regions of the country in which they fly. The capability will greatly facilitate getting new technologies tested and sent to the war fighter. Developing these technologies will advance the Topic Numbers - 6 development of flight control interface technology, and associated ground control. This would enable the development of intelligent autonomous maneuver algorithms for strap-in supervisory autopilots.

As the first generation of fly-by-wire Topic Numbers - 6 aircraft such as the F-16, F/A-18, and F-117 retire, these aircraft become available as highly flexible test platforms to be used for weapon system and sensor testing. A need exists to convert them Topic Numbers - 6 to optionally piloted manned or unmanned operation. Costs associated with this conversion are a key factor in the development. Methods to convert these aircraft must be conceived with development Topic Numbers - 6 and modification costs as the primary driver. Modification or reprogramming of the existing flight control systems should not be required as this has the potential to significantly increase cost, due to re Topic Numbers - 6-certification. An F-16 aircraft will be мейд available, at no cost to the small company, for modification and test. Further explore certification issues (additional testing, redundancy, costs), based on the assumption that Topic Numbers - 6 the candidate aircraft will be baseline-certified as FAA Experimental.

Tight formation flying (such as aerial refueling) is not required; non-novel GPS-based navigation approaches will be sufficient. Only approaches that Topic Numbers - 6 do not require modification of the flight control computer(s) will be evaluated. Total anticipated development and certification costs will be a major factor in evaluating concept feasibility.

Specific flight phases of interest Topic Numbers - 6 are terminal area operations (takeoff and landing), high altitude and supersonic maneuvering, developmental weapon and sensor carriage and control.

PHASE I: Determine the feasibility of developing a system to convert a non-mechanical fly Topic Numbers - 6-by-wire aircraft into an optionally piloted vehicle, one flown from a ground control station with an experienced pilot with representative controls. Consider trade-off and requirements for the ground station, control Topic Numbers - 6 fidelity/accuracy and pilot relief or autonomy aids.

PHASE II: Design, develop, build and demonstrate a prototype system on an actual fly-by-wire F-16 aircraft. This hardware need not Topic Numbers - 6 be flight worthy, but must exercise all the critical aspects of the system using a combination of simulation and breadboard hardware.

PHASE III: Perform sufficient flight tests to completely validate the Topic Numbers - 6 concept. Provide a transition path to interested platforms and the fleet: design package, operators'''' manual, path to certification in totally unmanned operation.

PRIVATE SECTOR COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL/DUAL-USE APPLICATIONS: This technology could Topic Numbers - 6 be used to convert hundreds of surplus fly-by-wire aircraft to UAS operation to monitor coastlines for the DEA or Homeland Security, or to convert to unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) for Topic Numbers - 6 missions too dangerous for manned operation or one-way missions requiring extended range.




3. Topic Numbers - 6/north_america/eopv.asp.

KEYWORDS: UAS; flight control; testbed; unmanned; autonomous; fly-by-wire aircraft

N091-039 TITLE: