Repair Technique for Electroplated Surfaces

Period of Performance: 05/05/1999 - 05/05/2001


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Surface Treatment Technologies, Inc.
207 Big Springs Avenue, P.O. Box 370
Tullahoma, TN 37388
Principal Investigator


We'll replace a system of washers, bolts, wingnuts, and men with a state of the art embarked aircraft tracking system. The savings will be immediate- $375,000 annually for five men and $34 in fasteners. The automatic digital system provides new capabilities impossible with the existing, manual system- Carrier-wide availability of precise aircraft locations;-100% camera coverage of flight and hangar decks for total situational awareness;- Digital enhancement techniques that allow manual zoom and brightness gain on any area of the decks;- The ability to store aircraft movement for an entire cruise on a floppy disk for fleet wide analysis, planning, and training;- Reduction or elimination of spotting board operators (5 men);- Although outside the scope of this Phase II effort, additional possible reduction or elimination of aircraft movement crews (4 men), manned camera crews (2 men); and fueling liaison (1 man). This system uses passive imagery from inexpensive COTS cameras sophisticated image processing, pattern recognition, and a personal computer to automatically updated digital display of aircraft positions on the flight and hangar decks.