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Data Collection Pods | Sensor Pods | Sampling Systems | CBRN Pods

MSI has more than 20 years experience designing, manufacturing, integrating, testing and supporting pod-based flight hardware with a primary focus on collection and analysis systems used for nuclear treaty monitoring missions. These pods consist of a combination of gas collection, particulate collection, radiation detection and analysis, and the associated command, control, and communications hardware and software.

Pod Design, Development & Integration Capabilities

  • Thermal analyses and modeling of components, subsystems, and systems
  • FEA for stress/strain (including composite structure analysis)
  • CFD analysis for particulate flow and airflow characteristics
  • Radome design and performance analysis
  • Flight profile analysis
    • Temperature variations
    • Vibration inputs from various aircraft platforms
    • Flight speeds from under 100 knots to several hundred knots
    • EMI/EMC requirements
  • Power systems
    • Power budget management
    • Power conditioning
    • Backup power planning
    • Aircraft versus battery-powered systems
  • Prototype & Production Manufacturing Capability
    • Integrated manufacturing facility
    • Engineers and fabricators work side-by-side
    • Improves both communications and design efficiency
  • Flight Testing and Certification Support
    • Partners for environmental testing and qualification
    • Pre-flight analysis and testing
    • Development of ground test and support equipment

Advanced Atmospheric Research Equipment

  • Particulate collection and directional gamma radiation detection system
  • Integrated on the WC-135 Constant Phoenix
  • Performing treaty monitoring and sampling against worldwide nuclear testing activities
  • Detection and identification of debris from nuclear weapons detonations
  • Computer controlled gas and particulate-sampling subsystems
  • Detects radioactive debris “clouds” in real time
  • Continuous mission support since 2002

Harvester History

  • Genesis of modularity occurred during AARE development – Is it possible to avoid mission-dedicated aircraft?
  • R&D support through:
  • Nonproliferation Research and Development (NA-22)
  • Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)
  • US Air Force
  • Airborne Radiological Debris Collection System (ARCS) “tech demonstrator” pod flown on multiple aircraft
  • R&D  to Harvester included scale-up, advanced radiation modeling, flow/filter studies
  • Close engagement with US DOD system operators and maintainers helped ensure users get what they want/need
  • Harvester part of successful National Technical Nuclear Forensic (NTNF) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD)

ARCS – Airborne Radiological Debris Collection System

  • Technology demonstrator for platform agnostic particulate collection system
  • Designed and prototyped single pod for flight testing
  • Successfully flown on the L3 Mobius UAS and the General Atomics Predator
  • Compact size and weight for UAS flight test
  • Automated function and remote control (Iridium network)
  • Radiation detector (customer supplied) integrated into design

Harvester Program

  • Designed to collect debris released from a nuclear explosion
  • Enables subsequent detailed forensic analysis of the samples
  • System consists of
    • Two Particulate Sampling Pods (PSP)
    • Real-time radioisotope identification capability
    • High sensitivity gamma directional sensor
    • Operator control workstation
  • Integrated and successfully flight tested on three aircraft platforms to date:  MQ9 UAS, C-130H, and C-130J
  • Currently in first production run

Harvester – Particulate Sampler Pod

PSP Detail, PSP Exploded View, PSP Sampling, Harvester Particulate Sampling Pod

  • Nuclear debris particulate sampling pod
  • Aluminum construction with stressed carbon-epoxy skins
  • Reeled filter cartridge for sampling medium
  • Approximately 6 ft. long, 400 lbs.

Harvester – Directional Gamma Radiation Sensor Pod

  • Flies with the PSP to locate radioactive plume in real-time
  • Determines directional gamma radiation information
  • Fragile detector crystals designed for extensive shock mitigation
  • Aluminum construction with composite cones
  • Designed in both pod and pallet configurations

Whole Air Sampling Pod

  • Technology demonstrator whole-air collection system (WASP)
  • Designed for integration onto the General Atomics MQ-9 UAS
  • Prototype pod was completely designed, developed, and manufactured in approximately nine months
  • Successfully completed functional testing
  • Utilizes high performance brushless DC motors to drive compressors
  • Approximately 13 feet long, 700 lbs.
  • Aluminum construction with composite cones
  • Draws 140A of 28Vdc aircraft power – onboard power generation was considered
  • PC104 C3 architecture
  • Capable of autonomous operation and remote control via platform communications or Iridium modem

UAS Multi-Mission Multi-Payload Pod Design

UAS Multi-Mission Multi-Payload Pod Design

  • Scalable
  • Flexible design allows unlimited payload possibilities without changes to pod structure
  • Carbon fiber design is lightweight and strong
  • Any portion of the pod can be radio or optically transparent as needed for various sensor and transmitter combinations
  • Transmits heat through heat sink wall within pylon while keeping payload sealed off from environments
  • ¼ turn fasteners allow full access to payload for installation and maintenance
  • 34” x 14” x 7” external bounding box
  • 4.8lbs empty

Redkite- Wide Area Persistent Surveillance (WAPS)

WAPS Pods: Prototype, Production Unit, Flight Test

Logos Technologies, LLC

Wide-Area Persistent Surveillance (WAPS) system is an ultra-small and ultra-lightweight pod easily affixed to a variety of manned and unmanned platforms. Working with our customer on our modular architecture enables affordable options for commercial operations and law enforcement as well as integrated lightweight options for military and intelligence operations on small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

  • Wide-area motion imagery (WAMI)
  • Ultra-small and ultra-lightweight
  • Platform agnostic Pod
  • Based on MSI modular Pod architecture
  • Automatically extracts actionable information
  • Detect and track hundreds of targets
  • 4 km diameter coverage area
  • 10-plus streaming video windows
  • DVR-like capability for analysis
  • Compatible with current GIS applications and datalinks
  • User-defined “watchboxes” with automated alerts

Radome Design and Performance Analysis

Gogo Aircell

Radome Design and Performance Analysis
Developed analysis tool for radome performance of pod designs

  • Allows for accurate and quick assessment of any radome shapes created in SolidWorks
  • Allows  for appropriate geometric models to be generated in SolidWorks by creating a NASTRAN CTRIA3 shell model
  • MSI develops a database of the RF performance of composite materials, both solid laminate, and sandwich composites with a low RF core

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