System Design, Engineering, and Integration Services: SIN 871-3
RTI has applied its electrical engineering capabilities to help NASA Langley Research Center design a low-cost terminal area weather radar (TAWR) system as well as create a mechanism to communicate weather hazards to aviators through a two-way communications link. During this project, RTI performed the following tasks:
- Assembled requirements from stakeholders of aviation operations
- Converted minimum performance requirements into top-level engineering specifications for a radar and the network interface for two-way communications
- Provided a top-level cost estimate for a developmental hardware and software system using commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technology
- Developed a top-level design for the remote network interface
- Procured the computer system
- Developed and conducted verification and validation tests for the computer system
- Developed an integrated design for interfacing the NASA HSR radar with the remote network interface system
- Developed a high-level wiring diagram for installation of the system in a mobile van
- Integrated the radar and the network interface system
- Demonstrated the system
This work with Langley illustrates RTI's ability to design and implement a complex weather radar-based system that provides weather and aviation hazard information in the terminal area of selected airports. During this project, RTI provided electrical engineering specialties in aerospace and electronic systems, signal processing, antennas and propagation, computers, remote sensing, information theory, reliability, communications, instrumentation and measurement, microwave theory and techniques, and engineering management.
In a project for Lockheed-Martin Mission Systems, RTI provided safety engineering expertise to support project subcontractor Infoware Systems, Inc. (ISI). RTI won the project assignment to
- Develop requirements and performance reports
- Develop algorithms for the Flight Ops and Analysis (FOA) system
- Develop and document a verification process for the algorithms developed
- Assist ISI in the assessment of non-developmental items/government-furnished equipment (NDI/GFE) products to determine their adequacy for the planned upgrades
To ensure that FOA satisfied all applicable flight safety requirements, RTI supported ISI in analyzing and developing applicable math models and algorithms. These algorithms included aircraft, ship, and at-sea structure hit probability algorithms and destruct criteria generation. RTI also provided initial verification of both developed and existing algorithms. To accomplish this task, RTI provided specific test sets for individual FOA algorithms and ensured that the Eastern Test Range Operational Performance Test and Certification requirements were met.
This project illustrates RTI's qualifications in the design and integration of a system that supports range safety evaluation at two U.S. Air Force ranges. RTI provided broad mechanical engineering skills in dynamic systems and control, aerospace engineering, engineering management, safety engineering and risk analysis, fuels and combustion technologies, and information storage and processing systems.