MTSI currently provides support to a number of cutting-edge programs within the Naval Air Systems Command. MTSI is providing critical flight test engineering support for the Navy and Marine Corps versions of the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. As integral members of the NAVAIR F-35 test operations team, MTSI engineers have been assigned the lead in providing team inputs into the development of the F-35 Climatic Lab Joint Test Plan, and have been actively supporting numerous other test planning events.
MTSI is always looking for ways to improve our client’s decision making and capabilities. For example, MTSI pioneered using probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) methodologies to support the development of safety case materials necessary to convince aviation regulators that Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)s can be safety integrated into domestic and international airspace operations. PRA was originally developed in the nuclear regulatory arena to assess the risk of high consequence/ low probability events. MTSI has taken the PRA methodology and successfully adapted it to support UAS airspace integration. Through the use of an internally developed PRA tool to MTSI’s proprietary Sense and Avoid Flight Encounter Simulation Toolset (SAFEST), MTSI engineers are currently providing critical support to both the Navy’s MQ-4C Triton UAS program office and the Marine Corps’ Ground Based Sense and Avoid (GBSAA) effort.
To date, MTSI efforts have supported the successful NAVAIR certification of the Marine Corps’ GBSAA system at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, NC and the subsequent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issuance of a certificate of authorization (COA) to conduct GBSAA-enabled UAS operations at that location. Building upon this early success, the Navy’s Persistent Maritime Unmanned Aircraft Systems program office (PMA-262) is currently employing MTSI to assist with the development of the safety case to enable the Navy’s MQ-4C Triton UAS to operate in international airspace under a “due regard” operational construct. Additionally, the Marine Corps is currently in the process of employing MTSI to assist with the development of safety case materials to enable the employment of GBSAA systems at other Marine Corps locations.
MTSI’s proven ability to provide innovative technical solutions to complex problems, as well as the ability to field highly responsive and affordable teams, has been an invaluable resource to our Naval Aviation customers.