Improved AFSCN FCT Simulator

Period of Performance: 07/16/2014 - 03/30/2015

$150K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

KinetX, Inc.
2050 East ASU Circle Suite 107
Tempe, AZ 85284
Principal Investigator

Research Topics

Abstract

ABSTRACT: This offer proposes a set of activities to provide an innovative, modular, cost-effective and easily deployable AFSCN simulator. The derived solution will support satellite Factory Compatibility Test (FCT) for satellite programs utilizing the AFSCN. Using open architecture, open standards, COTS software and hardware, and a modular approach to develop a largely software-based simulation platform will yield a more compact, lower cost, less complicated, and easily upgradable testing solution. This test simulator will initially support AFSCN satellite compatibility testing, and be modular and upgradeable to support additional satellite testing for military, scientific, and commercial markets. The Phase I investigations for this project will focus on identifying the capabilities required to provide ground system compatibility testing with the AFSCN and generating a complete requirements set for backwards TSTR compatibility. The investigation will utilize these requirements, the current architecture, and current user needs to create a CONOPs and notional architectures. These architectures will be evaluated to produce the most cost effective simulation solution for the USAF. BENEFIT: A user-friendly, easily deployable, and cost-effective AFSCN simulator provides the USAF with near-term cost savings for utilization, training, and sustainment. Additionally, this system alleviates the demand for overburdened Mobile Range Flight (MRF) testing resources. An upgraded simulator provides the USAF and other agencies with a simulation/test system that would benefit many satellite development programs through lower cost AFSCN compatibility testing. KinetX envisions a simulator architecture that is modular, configurable and extensible to support multiple satellite programs testing needs. This simulation architecture will also enable KinetX to commercialize this platform for the growing commercial satellite market. The KinetX solution provides the Air Force with a robust simulator platform that is modular and extendible, easier to deploy with a smaller physical footprint and user-friendly interface, translating to cost savings and improved test coverage for satellite programs.