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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Draper to Provide Test Support for Space & Missile Systems Center’s GPS Directorate

CAMBRIDGE, MA—Draper has been awarded an $11,193,029 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to support modernized receiver test assets of the global positioning systems directorate at the U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center.

Draper will also provide support services for the SMC GPS directorate’s test and verification branch under the sole-source contract.

The company will perform the work in Cambridge, Massachusetts, through Jan. 31, 2021.

Draper has supported the U.S. military’s mission for more than 75 years. A primary focus of Draper’s programs has been the development and early application of advanced guidance, navigation and control (GN&C) technologies to meet the U.S. Department of Defense’s and NASA’s needs. Draper contributed to the development of inertial sensors, software and other systems for the GN&C of commercial and military aircraft, submarines, strategic and tactical missiles, spacecraft and unmanned vehicles. Draper’s intimate knowledge of GPS signals is based on more than two decades of experience testing modernized signals, including the M-Code.

The U.S. Air Force tapped Draper to modernize part of the global positioning system. (Credit: Shutterstock)
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Autonomous Systems

Draper combines mission planning, PN&T, situational awareness, and novel GN&C designs to develop and deploy autonomous platforms for ground, air, sea and undersea needs. These systems range in complexity from human-in-the-loop to systems that operate without any human intervention. The design of these systems generally involves decomposing the mission needs into sets of scenarios that result in trade studies that lead to an optimized solution with key performance requirements.  Draper continues to advance the field of autonomy through research in the areas of mission planning, sensing and perception, mobility, learning, real-time performance evaluation and human trust in autonomous systems.

Fault-Tolerant Systems

Draper has developed mission-critical fault-tolerant systems for more than four decades. These systems are deployed in space, air, and undersea platforms that require extremely high reliability to accomplish challenging missions. These solutions incorporate robust hardware and software partitioning to achieve fault detection, identification and reconfiguration. Physical redundancy or multiple, identical designs protect against random hardware failures and employ rigor in evaluating differences in computed results to achieve exact consensus, even in the presence of faults. The latest designs leverage cost-effective, multicore commercial processors to implement software-based redundancy management systems in compact single-board layouts that perform the key timing, communication, synchronization and voting algorithm functions needed to maintain seamless operation after one, two or three arbitrary faults of individual components.

Image & Data Analytics

Draper combines specific domain expertise and knowledge of how to apply the latest analytics techniques to extract meaningful information from raw data to better understand complex, dynamic processes. Our system design approach encompasses effective organization and processing of large data sets, automated analysis using algorithms and exploitation of results. To facilitate user interaction with these processed data sets, Draper applies advanced techniques to automate understanding and correlation of patterns in the data. Draper’s expertise encompasses machine learning (including deep learning), information fusion from diverse and heterogeneous data sources, optimized coupling of data acquisition and analysis and novel methods for analysis of imagery and video data.

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