Our results speak for themselves. Our knowledgable team of problem-solvers have increased the quality and efficiency of all the programs we’ve supported. Delivering on time and within budget, Compass Systems is known for the exceptional manufacturing and engineering services we provide.

PILOT CONTROL STATION (PCS)

Challenge:

Typical Unmanned System operators use a mix of motion controllers, keyboard, and mouse to operate systems. The controls are not typically laid out ergonomically which can lead to serious fatigue and reduced performance for operators.

Solution:

In response to this need, Compass Systems developed the Pilot Control Station (PCS) to mitigate these issues and standardize the controls. The development cycle for this project was 4 months from concept to initial prototype delivery. To ensure success, our goal was to keep operators engaged from the initial conceptual design effort all the way through functional prototype testing. Compass Systems utilized a skilled, cross-functional design and engineering team to successfully develop PCS.

Result:

To date, Pilot Control Stations are being used by a number of DoD clients with well over 500+ hrs of both simulator and Unmanned System flight time. The system has successfully mitigated the human factors struggles and provided operators an unparalleled level of control.

To learn more about the Pilot Control Station (PCS) please feel free to reach out to David Bjornberg or contact sales@compass-sys-inc.com.

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ON SENSOR SYSTEM FOR CONTINGENCY AIRBORNE RESPONSE

Challenge:

During the post-Cold War period, a demand emerged for special surveillance mission aircraft that exceeded the DoD existing inventory. A self-contained multi-mission C4ISR system was developed. The basic design criteria consists of a self-contained, rapid-reaction, roll-on/roll-off mission system capable of deploying the most commonly-used payloads with no modification to the aircraft. Given the number of platforms worldwide, the C-130 Hercules was the choice to carry the system. Compass Systems was a prime contractor for Research and Development for the system, which included Electrical, Mechanical, Software, and Systems Engineering.

Solution:

Currently, the system consists of a modified shelter that serves as Certified Airborne Command and Control Center, and a robotic Payload Arm. Both components are rolled onto a C-130 and are secured to the aircraft’s existing rail system. Once airborne, the payload arm is deployed through the aircraft’s paratroop door with no impact on aircraft flight performance or handling qualities. After the articulating arm is fully extended, the aircraft can be pressurized.

Result:

From an operational perspective, DoD C-130 aircraft can now be rapidly configured to conduct multiple missions at any given time. It enables operational flexibility and responsiveness. From a strategic standpoint, the system is a force multiplier for the armed forces and expands the mission capability of the operational logistics community. This project demonstrates the scope and complexity of projects Compass Systems can successfully accomplish.

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE - MANUFACTURING SOLUTIONS

Challenge:

Compass Systems continually supports a number of DoD and Industrial clients who have critical manufacturing requirements and are under extreme pressure to rapidly manufacture a variety of electronic and electro-mechanical products. Very commonly these clients have nearly unachievable schedules with failure to deliver not an option.

Solution:

Compass Systems has the right mix of procurement, technical, and manufacturing staff to meet even the most demanding of schedules. Years of experience in supporting critical deployed projects has hardened our team to ensure these projects are a success.

Result:

A recent project was to support a Navy customer to rapidly produce about 75 new mission critical cable assemblies for an upgraded communication system. As this system was new and never previously manufactured it required close interaction between engineering teams to refine the cable designs for manufacturing, a mix of expedited manufacturing methods, and staff to achieve delivery within the customers demanding five week delivery schedule. This project was a huge success and has been delivered on time and is currently in test and evaluation.

To learn more about how Compass can help you overcome your demanding manufacturing requirement and ensure project success, contact David Bjornberg.

TIGERSHARK UAV – ELECTRICAL SYSTEM REDESIGN

Challenge:

The Navy was experiencing repeated issues with communication performance and Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) on an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) called the TigerShark. Compass Systems was tasked by the Navy to redesign the electrical systems in order to harden the electronics for use with a number of sensitive electronic payloads. In addition to the technical challenges, this project was very time sensitive as this platform was supporting active operations and it was critical that these issues be resolved as soon as possible.

Solution:

Compass System’s team of engineers and production staff quickly jumped into action and redesigned the complete aircraft electrical harness utilizing a number of advanced EMI mitigation techniques during the redesign. Secondly the team redesigned the electrical power system and DC-DC power conversion; this required the development of a 2kW Power Module Unit (PMU) and Alternator Module (AMU). These modules required the rapid design of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) and a variety of rugged mechanical packaging solutions. The team then supported extensive flight-testing and formal lab based qualification testing (MIL-STD-461, MIL-STD-810).

Result:

The EMI hardened TigerShark system quickly moved from concept to prototype to full-scale production within a five-month period. This success led directly to the production of hundreds of TigerShark systems, which have been forward deployed for thousands of hours of successful flight time in a number of critical operations.

To learn more about how Compass can help you solve your electronic, EMI/EMC, and MIL-STD test requirements, contact David Bjornberg.