Weapon Inspection Sustainment and Recording Device (WISARD)

Period of Performance: 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015

$99.7K

Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place Array
Rockledge, FL 32955
Principal Investigator

Research Institution

Florida Institute of Technology
150 West University Boulevard
Melbourne, FL 32901
Institution POC

Abstract

The process by which weapon systems go from point of manufacture to field usage is not a simple one. Devices can be held in storage for decades before use, and they can be subjected to significant and potentially damaging environmental conditions throughout the system?s lifecycle. Latent and intermittent failures occur, and it is difficult to detect these malfunctions without actively monitoring the failure mechanisms from day one. By incorporating a health monitoring system into the manufacturing process of weapon electronics at time of manufacture, the instantaneous remaining life of the component can be tracked throughout the logistics chain. However, current technologies do not offer simple and reliable products capable of inclusion at the time of manufacture that effectively monitor remaining component life. The Weapon Inspection and Sustainment Recorder Device (WISARD) combines Mainstream?s experience with modern low power design methodologies, cumulative damage models, and electronic monitoring systems to bridge this gap. With a successful Phase I program, Mainstream anticipates transitioning this technology from a detailed analytical design and limited proof-of-concept prototype to a full-scale, production-ready prototype during the Phase II program. Approved for Public Release 15-MDA-8161 (11 March 15)