IS4S selected by AFLCMC to continue leading the Resilient-EGI program
HUNTSVILLE, AL – The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) recently awarded Integrated Solutions for Systems (IS4S) with a $95M Phase 2 Other Transaction Agreement for the Resilient-Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation System (R-EGI) development and prototype program.
IS4S successfully completed R-EGI Phase 1, pioneering a Continuous Competition Design Agent (CC-DA) approach that brought together the best of the industry from Booz Allen Hamilton, Strategic Technology Consulting, Honeywell, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, Draper, Raytheon, Kearfott, GE Aviation Systems, and other companies to develop a vendor-neutral open architecture for positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) solutions. With the agile CC-DA in place, IS4S will iteratively converge the best elements from Phase 1 candidate designs and government insights to produce best-of-breed prototypes.
“We’re designing R-EGI to be more than a single system,” said IS4S vice president John Larson. “We’re defining an entire ecosystem for PNT and creating a design process that AFLCMC will own. The entire Phase 2 team is using modern MBSE—Model-Based System Engineering—to develop a digital engineering toolchain in an open design which is both modular and reusable across multiple platforms.”
“This approach widens the aperture and brings the technical baseline back into the government,” added Dr. Mikel Miller, IS4S vice president for PNT. “R-EGI gives the warfighter the technology needed for tactical advantage, including the latest in alternate navigation and GPS receiver technology with M code. As threats change, our PNT capability must also change. R-EGI enables us to outpace the threat.”
The R-EGI open architecture provides a clear framework to allow integration of new, adaptable technology and algorithms from across the Department of Defense, industry, and academia. When this open architecture is coupled with the novel CC-DA R-EGI development process, rapid adjustments can be made while achieving significant sustainability benefits over traditional acquisition approaches.
The convergence of Phase 1 best-of-breed designs will produce a final Government Reference Architecture with unlimited data rights for the government. IS4S also aims to deliver a production-ready, government-owned technical data package suitable for full and open competition, as well as production representative prototypes that demonstrate completeness and manufacturing readiness.
“This is what makes R-EGI different,” said Air Force R-EGI chief engineer, Jacob Campbell. “We’re not just building a new EGI; we build EGIs for aircraft today. We’re leveraging the best ideas, modern architectural and design approaches, open standards, digital engineering methods and tools, and cloud-based development. We are doing all this together with IS4S so we can build a dynamic, Resilient-EGI.”
The IS4S Huntsville location has been awarded the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System certification by NSF-ISR with the scope to provide Research and Development, Product Design and Development, Prototype Manufacturing, Program Management, Information Technology, and Systems Engineering services to the federal government and other commercial companies in the aerospace and defense industry.
ISO 9001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Organizations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements. This certification strengthens IS4S’s competitive position and standardizes our quality processes across our programs.
Yuma Proving Grounds announced an intent to award IS4S with a follow-on Phase II SBIR contract to enhance the Convoy Driver Assistance Systems. IS4S has developed, tested, and delivered a novel, self-contained GPS-based hardware unit that reliably displays the relative position between vehicles in a convoy with centimeter-level accuracy. The hardware units can be used as a valuable safety tool when executing convoy and following operations in low-visibility conditions. They also provide a means for operators to maintain precise formations during tests. IS4S will expand upon this hardware platform to provide a new navigation algorithm to perform in GPS challenged environments, enabling testing when signals are present that interfere with the GPS signal. IS4S will also expand the system to provide real-time data visualization, more extensive data logging, route planning, and an improved visual interface.
TARDEC awarded IS4S a Phase I SBIR to produce a Cruise Control Enhancement (CCE) for Tactical Wheeled Vehicles or commercial heavy trucks. This CCE will improve the fuel efficiency of either single vehicles within a convoy, or the convoy as a whole by between 3 to 5%. The CCE parameters will be tunable to adapt to a variety of vehicle types and tactical environments. This technology has applications on commercial trucks in addition to Army Tactical Wheeled Vehicles. The CCE algorithms are applicable in commercial or DoD scenarios. In addition, this technology works equally well on human-operated vehicles or various levels of autonomous ground vehicles.
IS4S was awarded a Phase I SBIR contract to improve inertial navigation on high dynamic flight systems. This effort will produce enhanced navigation algorithms for un-aided IMUs. These algorithms will allow missiles to more effectively navigate through the severe dynamics of a missile flight. The navigators will be generic and applicable to a wide range of missiles. The algorithm parameters will be tunable to adjust to particular missile and IMU systems. This technology has potential commercial applications on many missiles and other guided munitions. The algorithms will be demonstrated interfacing with hardware IMUs to show the feasibility of incorporating them into existing product lines. The enhanced navigators would also allow lower-cost IMUs to be used in systems while still maintaining the required navigation performance.
The US Office of Naval Research (ONR) awarded IS4S an SBIR Phase I contract to research and design an Autonomous Cargo Handling System (ACHS). The ACHS is a fully autonomous robot capable of carrying cargo on and off of the US Navy/USMC Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS), as well as other military aircraft. The ACHS will enable the rapid delivery of mission-critical cargo to austere landing zones and beyond by a variety of manual, pre-planned, and fully autonomous modes. Much of the ACHS technology is leveraged from IS4S robots developed on other Government programs, which significantly reduces technical risk and development cost. When employed, the ACHS will reduce risk to our warfighters, increase the efficiency of vital resupply operations and reduce overall operational cost.