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A 100lb solid steel projectile, fired from Sandia National Laboratories’ 6in gas gun, impacts material on a resonant bar attached to a test article. The impact initiates a wave that travels through the resonant bar assembly into the test article, simulating a stage separation pyroshock event.

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Leidos completes testing on Air Force's AgilePod

Leidos recently completed testing of sensor systems on the Air Force's AgilePod, an innovative multi-sensor platform. Leidos led AgilePod's design, integration and flight demonstration to showcase its open, flexible and scalable intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities.

AgilePod was built to accommodate and integrate multiple sensors onto operational systems. Leidos modified and integrated the platform to prepare the capability for initial flight demonstrations. This successful risk reduction test showed how open architectures along with common mechanical and electrical solutions can rapidly reconfigure sensors to support operational needs for multiple aircraft. The Leidos team demonstrated eight different sensors in five different configurations. Follow on flight tests are planned on the MQ-9 Reaper for later this year.

"This innovative technology demonstrates the growing importance and technological advancements that open architecture provides to expand our battlefield capabilities," said Mike Chagnon, Leidos Advanced Solutions Group president. "As threats and adversaries continue to evolve, Leidos is committed to developing and expanding solutions that support our customers in all domains."

This testing was conducted as part of Project Harvest Reaper, and run by the Air Force Research Laboratory's Sensors Directorate Blue Guardian team led by Capt. Russ Shirey. The University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) and Advanced Capabilities and Programatics (ACAP) assisted with the design, development, testing and operation of the open architecture and systems.

August 2, 2017

Written by Michael Jones


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