Multiple Function Distributed Test and Analysis Tool (MFDAT)

Period of Performance: 08/08/2003 - 08/08/2005

$999K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Mikros Systems Corp.
707 Alexander Road, Building 2, Suite 208 Enter your adres line 1 here
Princeton, NJ 08540
Principal Investigator

Abstract

This project will focus on developing standardized test equipment and testing processes, using modern software techniques that are enabled by recent advances in information technology, to provide a foundation for new methods of system maintenance, alignment, fault detection and isolation. The long-term goals for the new testing approach to be developed by this project are: Increased readiness through reduced maintenance downtime; Increased system reliability through predictive failure analysis and proactive remediation; and, More efficient and effective use of technical manpower through increased automation, distance support and interactive training. Specifically, this effort will use the AN/SPY-1A AEGIS Radar as the test bed to accomplish the following five things: Develop an automated "smart" capability for troubleshooting and repair; Develop a data collection capability for alignment and maintenance efforts; Reduce alignment and calibration time; Develop an interactive capability for distance support; and, Develop an interactive training capability. The techniques to be investigated and the resultant intelligent automated test system could reduce the complexity and time required for calibration and alignment of complex systems as diverse as PCS and cellular communications systems, broadcasting systems, commercial radar such as air traffic control radars, automated assembly lines, and remote monitoring systems.