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Technology Maturation for the Automated Aerial Refueling (AAR) Project. Carol Ventresca SynGenics Corporation. Case Number: 88ABW-2009-4217, Distribution: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited. Co-Authors. Jacob Hinchman, AFRL, AAR Program Manager

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Technology maturation for the automated aerial refueling aar project

Technology Maturation for the Automated Aerial Refueling (AAR) Project

Carol Ventresca

SynGenics Corporation

Case Number: 88ABW-2009-4217, Distribution: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited


Co authors

Co-Authors

Jacob Hinchman, AFRL, AAR Program Manager

Daniel Schreiter, AFRL, AAR Deputy Program Manager

Ba Nguyen, AFRL, AAR Chief Engineer

Jordan Adams, AFRL, AAR Systems Engineering Lead

Robert McCarty, SynGenics Corporation

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Outline

Outline

  • Early Systems Engineering (SE) in Acquisition

  • Technology Maturation (Tech Mat) in Early SE

  • AAR Program Background

  • Tech Mat Planning for AAR

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Outline

  • Early Systems Engineering (SE) in Acquisition

  • Technology Maturation (Tech Mat) in Early SE

  • AAR Program Background

  • Tech Mat Planning for AAR

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Technology maturation for the automated aerial refueling aar project

How Do AF and DoD Define Systems Engineering?

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Technology maturation for the automated aerial refueling aar project

When Does AF Say SE Should First Be Applied?

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Technology maturation for the automated aerial refueling aar project

Science & Technology (S&T) Role in Early SE

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Technology maturation for the automated aerial refueling aar project

Does Early SE Pay Off?

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Outline

  • Early Systems Engineering (SE) in Acquisition

  • Technology Maturation (Tech Mat) in Early SE

  • AAR Program Background

  • Tech Mat Planning for AAR

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Technology maturation for the automated aerial refueling aar project

SE Provides a Technical Foundation for Acquisition

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Outline

  • Early Systems Engineering (SE) in Acquisition

  • Technology Maturation (Tech Mat) in Early SE

  • AAR Program Background

  • Tech Mat Planning for AAR

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Aar phase ii national aar team

AAR Phase IINational AAR Team

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Technology maturation for the automated aerial refueling aar project

Significance to Air Force

  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

    • Extends Range

    • Shortens Response for Time-Critical Targets

    • Maintains In-Theater Presence Using Fewer Assets

    • Allows Deployment with Manned Fighters and Attack Without the Need of Forward Staging Areas

“How does it (J-UCAS) air refuel? … which is persistence and endurance, things men can’t do in airplanes”

-Gen. John Jumper, USAF, February 2005

  • Manned Aircraft

    • Provides Adverse Weather Operations

    • Improves Fueling Efficiency

    • Improves Pilot Workload

AAR Assists UCAVs in Reaching Its Full Potential,

and Greatly Enhances Manned Refueling

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Technology maturation for the automated aerial refueling aar project

UCAS Mission/AR Overview

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Technology maturation for the automated aerial refueling aar project

Key Technology Challenges

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Technology maturation for the automated aerial refueling aar project

AAR Spiral Approach toTechnology Development

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Technology maturation for the automated aerial refueling aar project

Precision GPS Closed-Loop Station Keeping Flt Test Aug 06

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Technology maturation for the automated aerial refueling aar project

AAR UAS Surrogate

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Technology maturation for the automated aerial refueling aar project

AAR Station-Keeping Flight TestExample Contact Position Performance

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Technology maturation for the automated aerial refueling aar project

Phase II AAR Test Plan

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Outline4

Outline

  • Early Systems Engineering (SE) in Acquisition

  • Technology Maturation (Tech Mat) in Early SE

  • AAR Program Background

  • Tech Mat Planning for AAR

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Technology maturation for the automated aerial refueling aar project

Key Technical Objectives

for AAR Phase II

  • Reduce key risks to transition

    • Technical maturity, documentation, and impressions

  • Mature AAR technology into a robust design, with supporting analysis and specifications

    • Safety, LO-compatibility, system health monitoring, FMECA, specifications

  • Develop prototype system based on design demonstrating feasibility of design

    • Robust testing of prototype to determine adequacy of design and failure modes

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    Technology maturation for the automated aerial refueling aar project

    Automated Aerial Refueling (AAR)Phase II Way Forward

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    Critical elements of aar ii technology maturation planning

    Critical Elements of AAR II Technology Maturation Planning

    • Technology Participants

    • Technology Demonstration Plan

      • Requirements Documentation

      • Program Objective

      • Approach

      • Technology Development Required

      • Applicable Systems

      • Product/Payoff/Exit Criteria

      • Programs/Activities Related to AAR Success

      • Programs/Missions Supported by AAR

      • Technology Milestones List

      • Technology Deliverables

      • Risk Analysis

      • Technology Protection Plan

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    Critical elements of aar ii technology maturation planning1

    Critical Elements of AAR II Technology Maturation Planning

    • Acquisition Strategy

      • Target Acquisition Programs

      • Stakeholders

      • Capability Document

      • Availability Dates for Technologies

      • Functional Strategies

        • Flight Qualification

        • Airworthiness Certification

        • Environmental Qualification

        • Logistics Support

    • Technology/Acquisition Bridge

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    Elements of management plan to mature requirements for aar

    Elements of Management Plan to Mature Requirements for AAR

    • Process Flow

    • Change Requests

    • Requirements Change Control Board

    • Tools

    • Products

      • Baseline

      • Traceability

      • Verification Methods

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    Technology maturation for the automated aerial refueling aar project

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