Aerospace Ground Equipment (AGE) Sensors
Air Logistics and Engineering (ALAE) Solutions was awarded a Phase I SBIR contract supporting AFMC’s 402nd AMXG Team at WR-ALC to demonstrate a proof of concept sensor with improved location detection range and accuracy.
Aircraft depot maintenance requires 100% availability of an array of powered and non-powered mobile Aircraft Ground support Equipment (AGE) so knowing the location across the flight line and maintenance industrial area is critical.
Finding and integrating a sensor technology that is low cost/weight/power, operates long range and integrates well with the existing AF equipment tracking system will lead to improved AGE tracking and maintenance for the Air Logistics Complex.
Innovative technologies including environmental sensors, power saving algorithms can be added to modern RF technologies to improve performance and use cases in a Real Time Location System (RTLS).
Our engineers and research partners have experience with RF and Antennas for wireless communications, propagation modeling, prior design experience for DoD location sensor products; Army Soldier PLI-I Beacons, NOAA Drifters, DARPA Ocean Floats and Ad-Hoc UAV Networks.
We also have designed a small antenna near the theoretical limits for Bandwidth Efficiency. These past experiences along with our testing and system integration capabilities will prove critical to the success of this AF Innovative Research topic.