TSC has defined its activities in groupings of key programs and capabilities: Sensors, Decision Support Systems, and Weapon Systems. Each of these key programs and capabilities is supported by a foundation of strong technical capabilities.
Sensors business consists of sensor systems engineering; advanced sensor techniques development; modeling and simulation; and hardware prototyping, production, and test. TSC has acknowledged expertise and significant experience in radar system engineering for the Department of Defense (DoD) and FAA including concept development, design and production support, integration and testing, and deployment support. This expertise and experience has been provided to major Government programs such as: engineering support to the Navy’s AEGIS Program in all phases of the AN/SPY-1 radar system's development, production, and lifetime support (TSC’s support includes radar performance assessment and upgrade developments for both forward and back-fit and technology assessment of new capabilities for the AN/SPY-1 including Ballistic Missile Defense, Fire Support, and environmental sensing); several programs involving developing, simulating, and demonstrating sensor payloads for Unmanned Aerial Systems including our current support for JIEDDO surveillance system demonstrations; development of IR countermeasures testing capability for aircraft systems at Naval Air Warfare Center Divisions at China Lake, CA and Patuxent River, MD; support for the development, production, and testing of the new radar systems including the Dual Band Radar System, the Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR), G/ATOR; and reengineering for legacy radar systems such as AN/SPS-49A(V)1 with COTS components and specialized hardware components.
TSC conducts Advanced Sensor Studies and provides Hardware Prototyping through traditional research, exploratory, and advanced development programs. Much of this work is funded through the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) and typically involves analysis, modeling, and laboratory testing of advanced technologies and techniques to address critical design issues and to predict performance. TSC’s advanced sensor studies often lead to the development of proof-of-concept hardware, such as breadboards, brass boards, and prototypes. TSC has a modern, ISO 9000 certified production facility for electronic components, subsystems, and systems. We are currently designing and producing hardware for new and legacy radar, infrared, and electronic warfare support applications.
Decision Support Systems
Decision Support Systems business is a growing segment at TSC. In this area, we provide specialized Geographic Information Systems products, IT services, and hardware and software development. Under a series of SBIRs, TSC began development of algorithms to automatically extract terrain and cultural features from radar imagery. TSC developed feature extraction algorithms, soft copy photogrammetry to build three dimensional data bases of urban areas, and a variety of software products. Examples of TSC’s work in this Area are: a data collection and command display processing for sensor information from UAVs and small satellites; the Logistics Site Planning and Operations Tool (LOGSPOT) which supports the Army’s requirement for a tool that provides siting, layout and operations support for forward Class V Ammunition and Class III Fuel sites; the FIREFINDER Position Analysis System (FFPAS) which was funded by the Army for the AN/TPQ-36 and -37 radars, and an AN/TPQ-46A version which was subsequently delivered to the Marine Corps (the model is now being distributed throughout the Military Services); and the Radar Support System (RSS) which is used for siting Air Traffic Control radars in seven of nine FAA regions.
Weapon Systems business centers on design, production and post-deployment support of integrated combat systems. For example, TSC provides various engineering services for several critical defense programs: system and software Open Architecture design and backfit for AEGIS Modernization and future surface combatant design and test support; systems integration of new sensors and weapons, such as Evolved SEASPARROW Missile (ESSM) into Navy ship combat systems; Reliability, Maintainability & Availability support to the Navy’s Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) program, to the microwave tubes program of the AEGIS radar system, and to the PHALANX Close in Weapon System (CIWS), ESSM, and Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) weapon systems programs; at-sea test and operator training support for the AEGIS program; logistics engineering assessments to determine spares requirements/budgets for out-year procurement for several programs; specialized safety/hazard analysis and environmental analyses for the PHALANX and ESSM programs; Ballistic Missile Defense Engineering studies, robust Modeling and Simulation support, test participation, and system performance assessment for AEGIS BMD, Ground Based BMD, and individual subsystems such as THAAD; and support to the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane, IN for assessing processes in microwave tube manufacturing and establishing an oxide cathode manufacturing facility.
TSC has facility resources, equipment, facilities, and modeling and simulation tools which support all of our business areas. These include laboratories with state of the art test equipment for our advanced sensor work and fabrication of equipment and simulators, high fidelity simulations for many sensor systems, and secure closed rooms. We design and build back-fit kits for several radar systems. TSC’s modeling and simulation capability includes a significant inventory of proven simulations based on support to all of the Military Services and spans functions from modeling the design and performance of a variety of radars/other sensors to simulating the logistics impact of spares acquisition decisions on the readiness of combat systems and communications systems. We have an ISO 9000 certified facility for production of electronic components, subsystems, and systems in Huntsville, AL. We develop analysis and modeling tools based on commercial, hardware products such as the Microwave Component Analyzer and RealIR software which predicts the thermal signature of air/sea/ground platforms and creates an IR scene from a visible scene.