UTC Wins Air Force Research Laboratory Contract for R&D on Spatial Registration for Materials State Awareness

Sept. 28, 2018 - UTC is excited to announce that AFRL has awarded UTC the Spatial Registration for Materials State Awareness Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract valued at $9.65M. UTC will support the AF in determining the most appropriate spatial/positional registration technologies for aircraft Nondestructive Inspection (NDI) applications, and developing integrated technology capabilities at breadboard and prototype levels with necessary validation/verification and demonstration at each stage of technology development. The ultimate goal of the effort is to demonstrate a system that can track NDI sensor probe location and orientation in line-of-sight as well as obstructed (e.g. personnel stands, equipment, etc.) exterior and confined interior sections of aircraft, such as bays, interior of wings, and other limited access areas. System enhancements may include providing guidance to the operator for proper placement/orientation of the probe and to ensure full inspection area coverage is accomplished per the Technical Order. The system will record and report probe spatial registration data fused with NDI instrument data in a report format meeting or exceeding current Technical Order needs and Depot maintenance inspection practices.

“We are looking forward to applying our existing NDI and sensors expertise, and providing a new capability to the Air Force in a technology area that will have pervasive positive effects on aircraft sustainment throughput, effectiveness, and cost”, says Dr. Enrique Medina, UTC Associate Director, Sensors and Mission Systems. Dr. Jim Malas, Director, Materials and Manufacturing, stated; “this is a great win for UTC and an opportunity for us to deliver an exciting capability which will tie in nicely with Digital Thread applications.”

This contract expands UTC's legacy NDI and Aircraft Structural Life efforts, now connecting them to the Aircraft Digital Thread / Digital Twin programs.