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MeetingACGS Committee Meeting 110 - Auburn, Maine - October 2012
4.1 Research Institutions, Industry, and University Reports
4.1.1 Research Institutions and Companies Barron Associates
TitleBarron Associates
PresenterJohn Schierman
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AbstractBarron Associates has had several programs that have finished and several that have recently started in the past year. This presentation summarizes some of the key projects that we have been involved in and can be generally categorized as: (1) launch vehicle programs, (2) unmanned systems programs, (3) manned vehicle programs, (4) software development and software development process studies, and (5) other disparate programs. We recently finished a significant SBIR Phase III project to develop a rapid mission planning software tool to aid in the Air Force’s rapid access to space objective. We are also currently acting as a subcontractor to Northrop Grumman on a DARPA-funded program for air launched access to space. For unmanned systems development, we are in our third year of an Air Force project to develop a sense and avoid system for UAVs in formation flight. We are also currently involved in the development and flight testing of a glide-capable sonobuoy for a Navy-funded program. We recently completed a highly successful NAVAIR-funded program on innovative methods for modeling and simulation of tiltrotor aircraft. Also, in support of NASA’s Aviation Safety Initiative we recently conducted highly successful pilot-in-the-loop simulation evaluations of both an automated upset recovery system and an automated upset prevention system. In our haptics efforts, we are currently evaluating an integrated virtual keyboard/spacesuit glove with built-in inceptors to give feedback to the astronaut as they complete data entry tasks. In our software development studies, we recently started two SBIR Phase III programs involved in further maturing our developed run-time assurance approaches. One is an AFRL-funded program and the other is supported by NASA Glenn Research Center to study software assurance applied to advanced engine control systems. We have a number of other programs that are covered in the presentation and finish the presentation discussing our recent purchase of another company known as SoftWright, LLC. This company has developed and commercialized a software tool that gives a communications “profile” over a certain terrain to give the user information on where radio signals can be potentially weak or blocked and where to optimally place hardware to solve the identified problems. We plan to modernize this software package and augment the tool with our developed satellite communications technology and other new advances.

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