As a normal progression of the WestWind experience base our proven success record is being applied to Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).
Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS)
The objective of the SUAS Support Program includes SUAS training, maintenance, repairs and engineering services for the RQ-11B Raven™, RQ-20A™ Puma and other systems as they become available. Additionally, the SUAS PdO requires various logistics, technical management, and program management services to support its SUAS customers.
- Produce performance specifications, product descriptions, interface control documents, and performance work specifications for new and modified SUAS.
- Produce technical documentation for SUAS revisions.
- Provide systems engineering recommendations for technical reviews of SUAS.
- Develop, document, and maintain systems and subsystem architecture diagrams and related products for SUAS.
- Conduct Configuration Management activities, such as Configuration Audit Plans, Functional Configuration Audits, Physical Configuration Audits, Configuration Status Accounting; developing associated Engineering Drawings, Technical Data Packages and participating in Configuration Control Boards.
- Develop Computer Aided Drawings (CAD) of systems, subsystems, and components.
- Develop, review, evaluate and provide recommendations to Engineering Change Proposals (ECPs) for SUAS regarding technical and design-related impacts.
- Conduct market research to assess current industry and government technologies relating to SUAS technologies.
- Research and provide recommendations on ways to maximize the use of standard/common parts and technologies to find commonalities across the systems.
- Research and provide recommendations of alternate sources for components of SUAS.
- Provide recommendations for the integration of technologies and components into SUAS to improve performance, reduce costs, and improve sustainability.
Vigilante UAV Performance Modifications
This task required identification and integration of a replacement engine for the Vigilante UAV. The primary effort performed by WestWind utilized support from subcontractor SAIC. Tasking included performing trade studies to identify new engine candidates, testing and certification of the selected replacement, and integration of the new engine to provide increased lift capability. These modifications were performed to enable the Vigilante to continue to be used as a test-bed for research and development by AATD. Integration activities included engine mounting and engine control software modifications.
The Ground Station Control System was also updated with new electronics and software. The technical data package and operating data were updated to reflect the modifications.