2011

Javelin safety template verification study published at PARARI International Explosive Ordnance Symposium

8 November 2011

Aerospace Concepts presented a paper entitled Verification of Javelin Block Range Safety Template using the RSTT at PARARI, the 10th International Explosive Ordnance Symposium in Brisbane, Australia.

Michael Brett, manager of Aerospace Concepts’ Flight Safety Analysis program, delivered the presentation describing how the team overcame a number of challenges in modelling a complex system like Javelin with limited data.
The paper gives further detail on the results of the analysis and how RSTT improved Australian understanding of the performance characteristics and operational limitations of the Javelin weapon system.

RSTT at space safety conference in Versailles

19 October 2011

Aerospace Concepts’ James Tisato today presented a paper at the 5th International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety Conference (IAASS 2011) in Versailles, France.

The paper, entitled Improved Range Safety Analysis for Space Vehicles Using RSTT, discusses how RSTT offers an alternative to traditional methodologies for space launch and re-entry vehicle range safety:

‘RSTT offers rapid generation of mission-specific safety templates that comply with internationally-recognised standards for range risk criteria. Compared to some traditional methods, RSTT produces more accurate assessments of risk to personnel and infrastructure. This provides range operators with greater confidence in the range safety products, enhancing their ability to rigorously manage safety on their ranges.

RSTT also offers increased precision of risk analysis and iteration of mission design allowing greater flexibility in planning range operations with rapid feedback on the safety impact of mission changes. These concepts are explored through examples involving a suborbital sounding rocket, demonstrating how traditional range safety assumptions may be reassessed using the RSTT robust probabilistic methodology.’

The paper was judged as one of three winners of the 2011 SGAC-IAASS Space Safety Competition. As lead author, James received a scholarship towards participation in the conference in Versailles.

Aerospace Concepts paper presented at APCOSE 2011

19 October 2011

Dr David Harvey, Aerospace Concepts’ Model Based Systems Engineering team lead, and Paul Logan, of Empel Solutions, co-presented our latest systems engineering paper, Documents as Information Artefacts in MBSE, at the 5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Systems Engineering (APCOSE 2011) in Seoul, South Korea.

The paper examines the need for and use of documents within a model-based systems engineering methodology.  As described by Paul and David: “The nature of documents in the context of an automated system analysis, definition and design environment is described together with how document templates are used as inputs to structure the data model schema, and how the documents are auto-generated as complex views on the model.  The need for documents as essential information artefacts in gathering, maintaining and reporting the ‘truth’ within a model-based paradigm is demonstrated.”

Antarctic Broadband business case presented at IAC

7 October 2011

Antarctic Broadband Systems Engineer, Mr Daniel Faber, recently presented a paper on the Antarctic Broadband business case at the International Astronautical Congress 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa. The paper, entitled Business Case for Delivering Broadband to the Antarctic Using Micro-Satellites, draws on the two years of market research analysis to assess the balance between supply and demand for communications to Antarctica.

The paper covers a range of possible solutions to communications, the market and potential customers in the Antarctic, the value proposition, possible cost structures and financing options for delivering satellite communications.

This work highlights the growing need for a cost-effective and sustainable solution to communications for Antarctic operators so as to better enable vital research conducted on the ice and to support the crews who work there. Antarctic Broadband is continuing to work towards this solution and meet the communication needs of the Antarctic community.

RSTT applications for Commercial Space Flight highlighted at IAC

4 October 2011

Aerospace Concepts’ Flight Safety Analysis Program lead, Michael Brett, today delivered a paper at the 62nd International Astronautical Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. The paper, entitled Range Hazard Analysis for Commercial Spaceflight Activities using RSTT, focuses on how RSTT could be used to address the user needs of commercial space flight operators.

Commercial space flight is a rapidly emerging industry which is leading the development of unique and innovative methods of accessing space for the purposes of tourism, supporting research activities, rapid global transportation, satellite launch, space station resupply and debris mitigation. Operators such as Virgin Galactic, SpaceX and XCOR Aerospace are all entering the market with unique mission concepts and safety requirements. With these rapid changes and advancements in spaceflight concepts, regulatory systems and range managers face challenges in adapting their policies and procedures to ensure the safety of the general public, mission personnel and range infrastructure.

The Range Safety Template Toolkit (RSTT) capability offers rapid generation of mission-specific templates which can be combined with geospatial information, such as asset locations and population densities, to provide casualty and damage estimates for mission operational planning and safety analysis. The toolkit has been applied to a wide range of space missions, including the HIFiRE hypersonics research program and the atmospheric re-entry of the Japanese Hayabusa asteroid sample return mission.

“Each new vehicle we’ve analysed in RSTT has extended and improved the capabilities of the system” explained Michael Brett, “with the broad range of vehicles analysed to date, we’ve found that we have almost all of the elements necessary to conduct rigorous safety analysis on the most complex of Commercial Space Flight missions”.

Aerospace Concepts now intends to conduct a small pilot study from publically available data of an upcoming commercial mission to further test its systems and provide an indication of the level of effort required to support commercial spaceflight.

Antarctic Broadband wins Engineering Excellence Award

30 September 2011

The Antarctic Broadband consortium, led by Aerospace Concepts, has won a prestigious Engineering Excellence Award at the Canberra Engineering Excellence Awards 2011.

The annual Australian Engineering Excellence Awards celebrate the accomplishments of some of the finest engineering companies and individuals in Australia. Their award programs seek to identify, recognise and reward outstanding achievement, eminence in the practice of engineering, and conspicuous service to the profession.

The Antarctic Broadband – Definition and Capability Development project was established to develop a cost-effective solution for delivering much needed broadband communications services to meet the data transfer needs of Antarctica. The Antarctic Broadband consortium was awarded $2.1 million under Round One of the Australian Government’s Australian Space Research Program in February 2010. This grant funded a study to define a solution and commence the capability development process.

Through the creative application of small satellite technologies, unique orbit solutions and innovative new communications equipment, the solution has the ability to deliver high-quality, 24-hour coverage of the Antarctic Circle, providing over a terabyte of transfer capability per day at speeds comparable to that of ADSL.

Specific aspects of the Antarctic Broadband project that contributed to its recognition are:

  • Unique satellite design aspects that are world-leading;
  • Ingenuity and persistence in developing cost-effective solutions in the face of significant physical design constraints;
  • Demonstrated sound practice in collaboration and stakeholder engagement;
  • A valuable first-step contribution to enhancing the capability and lifestyle for a remote, isolated Australian community;
  • Delivering real opportunities for expanding the research and scientific output in Antarctica; and
  • Advancing the design, implementation and support of small-satellite communications systems in Australia.

Aerospace Concepts would like to thank all those involved in Antarctic Broadband and looks forward to continuing development on the project in the future.

Systems Engineering - Principles and Practice lectures at the University of Adelaide

1 September 2011

On 25 August and 1 September, Dr David Harvey presented Systems Engineering – Principles and Practice lectures to Aerospace Engineering students at the University of Adelaide as part of the Space Vehicle Design course.

The first session was an introduction to Systems Engineering and an explanation of some of the technical processes.  The focus of the second session was on project processes, followed by Aerospace Concepts Principal Shaun Wilson giving a talk about his career in Aerospace and Systems Engineering in Australia. The lectures and presentation were well received and we have already been asked to return next year. The students responded particularly well to the presentation and discussion led by Shaun – as evidenced by the interest during an extended question time.

Small Satellite philosophy presented at SmallSat 2011 conference

11 August 2011

Antarctic Broadband’s System Architect, Mr Jan A. King recently delivered an update to his seminal paper on small satellite design philosophy at the AIAA Utah State University SmallSat 2011 conference in Logan, Utah. The paper, Can Small Do What Big Does, Only Better-An Update, covers advances in technology unique to small space systems, the difference between small and large system development methodologies, business success in various market applications for small satellites and the ability of small commercial systems to deal with sometimes “unfair” universal constraints imposed upon all spacecraft.

The original ‘Can Small Do What Big Does?’ paper was presented at a workshop held at Stanford University, which addressed Emerging Commercial Applications for Small Satellite Technology on March 24, 2009. The paper has now been updated to add new information and changes in outlook since that time.

Following the conference, Jan’s work was picked up by The Space Review contributor Jeff Frost in his article on A quarter century of SmallSat progress. Here Jan notes “The real success in small satellite technology is in Earth imaging, I would say we had marginal success in telecommunications and pretty darn good success in remote sensing. In the rest of the area, I would say we have not produced to date.”

This approach to satellite systems development is fundamental to Antarctic Broadband’s ambitions to provide a cost-effective satellite solution to communications in Antarctica.

Aerospace Concepts presents Vitech webinar

21 July 2011

This morning our Model-Based Systems Engineering team presented a webinar for Vitech Corporation, the producers of CORE software. The webinar covered an overview of our holistic approach to Model-Based Systems Engineering with a focus on the central role of CORE in our work. This is just the third webinar in a series from Vitech, and the first to be delivered by someone external to the company.

‘Aerospace Concepts Pty Ltd is an Australian systems engineering consultancy which specialises in complex projects. A key component of their business is employing a model-based systems engineering approach (using CORE) to support Australian Defence capability development. This webinar provides a users’ point-of-view on three aspects of this work: extensions to the base DoDAF schema, model-based document generation and the processes which underpin the work.’

The webinar presentation can be viewed online here.

Antarctic Broadband presentation to the AIAA

20 July 2011

Today, Michael Brett and Grant Bonin gave a presentation to the local chapter of the AIAA entitled Space Flight for Less: The Case for Starting Small …

Join Grant Bonin and Michael Brett and hear how human and robotic space exploration can be accomplished with existing, smaller launch vehicles, from both a technical and economic standpoint. It will be argued that ‘aggressive minimalism’ in general is a key enabler of ambitious space activities.  The Antarctic Broadband project, funded under the Federal Government’s new Australian Space Research Program and designed to meet the unique communications requirements of those living and working in Antarctica, will be detailed as an example of this ‘micro-space’ philosophy in action.

Aerospace Concepts at the Victorian Space Science Education Centre

19 July 2011

The Aerospace Concepts logo has been added to the sponsor wall at the Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC) in recognition of our sponsorship of educational activities.

Said Aerospace Concepts principal, Shaun Wilson, ‘VSSEC has become an important asset to the nation as a means of encouraging studies and career choices in the physical sciences, engineering and mathematics. We are therefore proud to sponsor VSSEC.’

SADI funding to improve Aerospace Concepts corporate capabilities

14 July 2011

Aerospace Concepts has secured significant funding under the Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry (SADI) Program to improve our corporate capabilities. The funding will cover a broad range of activities, including in-house development of a Defence engineering management systems course, further increasing the depth of our skills in assured software development through a course in aviation software design assurance under DO-178B, a range of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)-related courses, and participation of two of our systems engineers in the well-regarded three-year Executive Master of Business (Complex Project Management) degree offered by the Queensland University of Technology.

Aerospace Concepts sponsors Aerospace Futures conference

12 July 2011

Aerospace Concepts sponsored the Aerospace Futures conference in Melbourne last week which gave lots of good advice to soon-to-be graduates on building their Aerospace careers.

Michael Brett, leader of our Flight Safety Analysis Program, said … ‘Aerospace Concepts is committed to the long term development of the aerospace workforce in Australia, particularly in the areas of systems engineering and space applications. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to sponsor Aerospace Futures to help ensure graduates with an interest in Aerospace are getting the best start to their careers’.

Win for Aerospace Concepts conference paper

6 July 2011

Our latest paper on space flight safety, entitled Improved Range Safety Analysis for Space Vehicles using Range Safety Template Toolkit (see abstract below), is one of three winners of the 2011 SGAC-IAASS Space Safety Competition.

Winning the competition means that the lead author, James Tisato, will receive a scholarship towards participation in the5th International IAASS Space Safety Conference in Versailles, France in October. James will shortly feature in a Space Generation Advisory Council public annoucement which will feature on our website.

This paper discusses improvements on traditional methodologies for space launch and re-entry vehicle range safety analysis using the Range Safety Template Toolkit (RSTT), developed by Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) in partnership with Aerospace Concepts.

RSTT offers rapid generation of mission-specific safety templates that comply with internationally-recognised standards for range risk criteria. Compared to traditional methods, RSTT produces more accurate assessments of risk to personnel and infrastructure. This provides range operators with greater confidence in the range safety products, enhancing their ability to rigorously manage safety on their ranges.

RSTT also offers increased precision of risk analysis and iteration of mission design allowing greater flexibility in planning range operations with rapid feedback on the safety impact of mission changes.

These concepts are explored through examples involving a suborbital sounding rocket, demonstrating how traditional range safety assumptions may be reassessed using RSTT’s robust probabilistic methodology.

Clunies Ross award to John Ness of EM Solutions

20 May 2011

Congratulations to John Ness of EM Solutions Pty Ltd, a member of the Antarctic Broadband consortium, on being awarded an Australian Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering Clunies Ross Award last night in Brisbane.

The news was picked up in The Australian and The Courier Mail today making special mention of John’s work on Antarctic Broadband. From The Australian:

Dr Ness confessed he had been ‘pretty surprised’ when he got the news that he was one of this year’s award winners for his work in microsatellites and telecommunications.

The work that caught the judges’ eyes was Dr Ness’ contribution to an international collaboration to build an affordable, near-real time broadband network for scientists and travellers in Antarctica.

With [over $2 million in] matching funds from the Federal Government’s Space Policy Unit, EM Solutions is collaborating with a Canadian microsatellites manufacturer and Canberra-based Aerospace Concepts. ‘Canada is providing the microsatellite bus and Australia the telecommunication payload and antenna’, Dr Ness said.

Antarctic Broadband highlighted in May 2011 edition of EA magazine

18 May 2011

Antarctic Broadband was highlighted in the May edition of the Engineers Australia magazine with a full page article. The article appears on page 29 for those with a copy at home, and Engineers Australia members can view and search an archive of previous issues. Log in at the Engineers Australia website, then go to “Resources and Library”, then “Online Library/Engineers Australia magazine”.

Antarctic Broadband covered in ABC Science online

12 May 2011

ABC Science online has published a profile on Antarctic Broadband entitled Antarctica to get satellite broadband, including comments from Project Manager, Michael Brett, who descibed the needs for improved communications on our coldest and most inhospitable continent …

‘Current communications in the Antarctic are patchy and insufficient for the needs of the research community’, says Brett, who went on to say … ‘the existing communications rely on sub-optimal communications relays that were never designed for Antarctic conditions and now scientists are generating more data than they can get off the continent.’

Model-Based User Needs Analysis paper presented at SETE 2011 conference

4 May 2011

Today Michael Waite presented the paper Model Based User Needs Analysis to the 2011 Systems Engineering and Test and Evaluation Conference (SETE2011) at the Rydges Lakeside Hotel in Canberra. The paper, co-authored with Paul Logan, addresses the often overlooked, but critical, phase of the systems engineering lifecycle – the generation and analysis of user needs.

This paper is based on the principles developed during capability definition work, performed by Aerospace Concepts, on several large-scale capability acquisition projects where a model-based systems engineering approach has been applied.

The importance of understanding the needs of the end-user, and the elicitation and analysis of these needs in a model-based environment, is presented in this paper.

C-RAM capability goes into service in Afghanistan

1 February 2011

The Australian Army’s new Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) capability went into operational service in Afghanistan recently and is already providing effective force protection according to an article published today in The Australian newspaper.

The new C-RAM capability was introduced into service only months after being ordered by the Australian Government. The accelerated acquisition program included generation of an operational concept and statement of requirements in less than three weeks by an integrated Department of Defence and Aerospace Concepts systems engineering team using the Whole-of-System Analytical Framework (WSAF).

The WSAF is an implementation of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) principles and the Defence Architectural Framework (DAF) that is currently being introduced into the Defence requirements organisation, the Capability Development Group. Other programs employing the WSAF include ongoing improvement of the Joint Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (JCIED) capability, replacement of the Army’s fleet of armoured vehicles, and the next-generation Ground-Based Air and Missile Defence (GBAMD) system.

2010

Whole-of-System Analytical Framework at Land Warfare Conference in Brisbane

19 November 2010

Despina Tramoundanis of the DSTO Weapons Systems Division today presented the Whole-of-System Analytical Framework (WSAF) to the Land Warfare Conference in Brisbane. Her paper, Adapting to Accelerated Acquisition: WSAF in LAND 19 Phase 7, describes how the WSAF, which is an implementation of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) principles and the Defence Architectural Framework (DAF), was used to support preliminary definition of the Australian Army’s future Ground-Based Air and Missile Defence (GBAMD) capability under Project LAND 19-7.

This initial design work, performed by the Aerospace Concepts MBSE team in Adelaide, saw development of an integrated model of the planned capability encompassing operational scenarios, user needs, constraints, a solution concept and high-level formal requirements. Claimed benefits of this approach include improved robustness and traceability to capability needs and client requirements and their retention for future reuse and enhancement.

The ability for reuse inherent in the model-based approach to systems engineering was demonstrated when the WSAF model of the GBAMD capability was used to generate an operational concept and statement of requirements for the Army’s new Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) capability in less than three weeks. The C-RAM capability, based around Saab’s Giraffe AMB radar, will shortly enter operational service protecting Coalition forces in Afghanistan.

Model-Based System Engineering paper presented at conference in Taiwan

4 October 2010

Dr David Harvey, who leads our Model-Based System Engineering Program, today presented a paper at APCOSE 2010 – the 4th Asia-Pacific Conference on Systems Engineering. The paper, co-written with Paul Logan, our Model-Based Systems Engineering adviser, is entitled Architecting the Problem Space. It discusses the application of a specific method for using an architecture framework and model-based systems engineering to structure the analysis and development of customer requirements.

The APCOSE conference acts as a platform for exchange of the latest development and applications of systems engineering for practitioners and academics from around the Asia-Pacific region.

Antarctic Broadband project presented at the 61st IAC

29 September 2010

Michael Brett and Daniel Faber, two of the leads on the Antarctic Broadband project, presented a paper today at the 61st International Astronautical Congress held in Prague.

The paper, titled ‘Antarctic Broadband – A micro-satellite niche’ discussed how the first applications of the Antarctic Broadband project are likely to be in niches that cannot be serviced by traditional communications satellites or terrestrial services.

Antarctic Broadband project presented at Australian Space Science Conference

28 September 2010

Today Cameron Boyd, Quality Assurance Manager for Antarctic Broadband, gave a presentation to the delegates of the Australian Space Science Conference (ASSC) in Brisbane. This year was the 10th ASSC which welcomed space scientists, engineers, educators, workers in Industry and Government from Australia and internationally.

The presentation gave an overview of the Antarctic Broadband program, the progress to date and how the project integrates with Australian space science.

Aerospace Concepts sponsors and presents at Aerospace Futures 2010

29 June 2010

Today Shaun Wilson, Principal of Aerospace Concepts, presented at the first Aerospace Futures conference in Brisbane. Aerospace Futures is an annual conference designed to expose university students to the possibilities in the Australian aerospace industry. Aerospace Concepts was also a sponsor of the event which has a primary goal of inspiring and encouraging the next generation of aerospace engineers.

Hayabusa returns home as predicted by Aerospace Concepts

13 June 2010

The Japanese Hayabusa spacecraft returned to Earth from Asteroid Itokawa late this evening providing a spectacular show over South Australia.

The landing of the Sample Return Capsule (SRC) at Woomera occurred as predicted by the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and by Aerospace Concepts.

We were engaged in late 2009 by the Australian Space Licensing and Safety Office to provide independent verification of JAXA’s Hayabusa Return Safety Plan in support of an Australian Government decision to grant authorisation for the return under the Space Activities Act 1998.

Our analysis, conducted using the Range Safety Template Toolkit (RSTT) developed since 2004 for space and military applications, confirmed that the Hayabusa SRC would impact within the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA).

Aerospace Concepts Pty Ltd congratulates JAXA on the success of the Hayabusa mission.

Model-Based Systems Engineering capability at national conference

5 May 2010

The Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) capability developed by Australia’s Defence Science & Technology Organisation in collaboration with Aerospace Concepts Pty Ltd was today presented to the Systems Engineering / Test & Evaluation conference in Adelaide. Despina Tramoundanis, of DSTO’s Weapons Systems Division, explained that the model-based approach to system design gives significant benefits over the traditional document-based approach including improved robustness and traceability to needs and requirements and retention of knowledge over time.

As described in the conference paper, titled ‘Demonstrating Model-Based Systems Engineering for Specifying Complex Capability‘, the new Whole-of-System Analytical Framework (WSAF) capability focuses on developing an integrated and internally-consistent model of a system as the basis for design, development, integration, test and support. This includes production of system technical documentation starting with the Operational Concept Document (OCD) and the Function and Performance Specification (FPS). The WSAF has been used in this manner to define the initial concept and requirements for the Australian Army’s future Ground-Based Air and Missile Defence capability. The reusability of the model then directly supported rapid acquisition of a Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) system for use by the Australian Army in Afghanistan

Antarctic Broadband satellite project celebrates grant

26 February 2010

The team behind a project to deliver broadband satellite communications to Antarctica is celebrating after being awarded a $2.11 million grant under Round 1 of the Australian Space Research Program. The team is led by Aerospace Research Pty Ltd, our research and development arm.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for everyone in the team to invest in space technology and operations in Australia”, said Shaun Wilson, Principal of Aerospace Concepts. “We’re thrilled to be working with our partners from Australia, Canada and the USA to provide broadband communications to Antarctica.”

The Antarctic Broadband – Definition and Capability Development project team will begin development of a broadband satellite communications service aimed at meeting the data transfer needs of the entire Antarctic community. Mr Wilson says traditional space and terrestrial communications services are unable to meet the demand for data from the growing research community in Antarctica.

“Access to geostationary communications satellites is intermittent and low-quality, optic fibre is too expensive and prone to damage with moving ice and snow, and research bases are too remote for terrestrial microwave links – a dedicated satellite solution is the best solution to solve the data transfer bottleneck troubling Antarctic scientists.”

Broadband communications satellites are traditionally built with big budgets and big hardware, but the team will be taking advantage of new technology to provide the service using small satellites and at a much lower price. “Typical communications satellites weigh over a tonne and cost hundreds of millions of dollars to develop and launch – we’ll be using technology from the University of Toronto and our Australian partners to develop a very capable system on a much smaller scale.”

Our consortium partners are:

The Australian Space Research Program is a Federal Government initiative to encourage investment in space research and development by Australian industry and academia. “Aerospace Concepts is a small company. We usually wouldn’t have the resources to take on a project of this magnitude, but this grant will allow us to employ highly-skilled aerospace engineers, invest in emerging technologies and strengthen our relationships with Australian and international aerospace organisations” said Mr Wilson.

2009

New space launch and re-entry safety analysis capability at the 60th IAC

13 October 2009

The Aerospace Concepts flight safety analysis team today presented our capability for space launch and re-entry Risk Hazard Analysis (RHA) to the 60th International Astronautical Congress in Daejeon, South Korea.

The conference paper, titled ‘Space Launch and Re-Entry Rish Hazard Analysis-A New Capability describes how this capability, the Range Safety Template Toolkit (RSTT), is being applied to two very different space safety applications. The first is the HIFiRE joint US / Australia collaborative hypersonic flight research program involving a series of suborbital space launches and hypersonic controlled flight from Woomera, South Australia. The second is the return to Earth of the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Hayabusa spacecraft in mid-2010.

Fractal fragmentation analysis model for aerospace vehicle breakup presented at 9th Australia Space Science Conference

28 September 2009

Ian Bryce, our space engineering adviser, presented his novel fractal fragmentation analysis model for aerospace vehicle breakup to the 9th Australia Space Science Conference in Sydney. This conference was sponsored by the National Space Society of Australia and the Australian Academy of Sciences.

Our conference paper, titled ‘A Fractal Fragmentation Model for Breakup of Aerospace Vehicles‘ describes how, using fractal fragmentation modelling, a vehicle breaks up into a small number of fragments with certain ratios, and then each fragments breaks again into the same ratio, and so on. This process continues to a number of degrees between 1 and 6, depending on the ratio of the forces applied to the structural strength of the vehicle, tank etc. The one model transitions seamlessly from low to high intensity events and between aerodynamic break and internal explosions. It has been extensively verified against known cases where fragments were recovered.

The fractal fragmentation model is currently being used as part of the Range Safety Template Toolkit (RSTT) to analyse air-launched guided weapons and to support the HIFiRE joint US / Australia collaborative hypersonic flight research program involving a series of suborbital space launches and hypersonic controlled flight from Woomera, South Australia.

Aerospace Concepts encourages the next generation of aerospace professionals at the Australian Youth Aerospace Forum

7 July 2009

The Australian Youth Aerospace Forum held in Brisbane between 6 and 10 July 2009 saw more than 100 of the top year 12 students from across Australia exposed to the academic and industrial aspects of the Australian aerospace sector.

Aerospace Concepts supported the forum through a financial contribution and the presence of Managing Consultant Cameron Boyd. Cameron spoke to the gathered students about how Aerospace Concepts fits into the industry, our previous and current projects, and described briefly future Aerospace Concepts’ opportunities and our intended participation in the Australian Space Research Program initiative.

Questions from participating students were focused on non-traditional entry into the space industry through studies in politics and law as well as the future of space operations in Australia. Aerospace Concepts encourages young and entrepreneurial Australian students toward a future in the Australian aerospace industry.

2008

Development framework provided for revolutionary mining assay capability

8 October 2008

Heliocentric Technologies, Inc of Ottawa, Canada has adopted the engineering management systems provided by Aerospace Concepts Pty Ltd to guide the systems engineering and project management for the development of Heliocentric’s On-site Analyzer, a revolutionary system for base metal ore grading that uses nuclear technology to provide almost instantaneous assay without any sample preparation. The On-Site Analyzer is expected to make a significant impact on advanced exploration and mining operations Worldwide.

Aerospace Concepts’ engineering management systems will ensure that the overall design provides a robust capability that can successfully operate from austere mining sites all over the World. This includes a software development framework to satisfy stringent mining industry quality control certification and ensuring the overall system design will meet international nuclear safety standards.

This work builds upon our already-demonstrated capability (refer below) to develop leading-edge, complex and software-intensive systems where human safety is paramount but within a cost-constrained environment.

Australia's new guided weapon and space launch safety analysis capability

20 August 2008

Australia’s Range Safety Template Toolkit (RSTT) was presented to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference and Exhibit in Honolulu, Hawaii. The conference paper, titled ‘Guided Weapon Danger Area and Safety Template Generation – A New Capability‘, provided a comprehensive update on RSTT development, current capabilities and future intentions.

RSTT is being developed by the Australian Defence Science & Technology Organisation in collaboration with Aerospace Concepts Pty Ltd and other industry partners to support a diverse range of guided weapons in Australian service. RSTT now supports the Advanced Short-Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM) carried by the F/A-18 Hornet and will support the AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) when it enters Australian service in the near future. Support for other guided weapons will be incorporated in due course.

RSTT capability has recently been expanded to support the DSTO-led HIFiRE joint US / Australia collaborative hypersonic flight research program involving a series of suborbital space launches and hypersonic controlled flight from Woomera, South Australia.

Australian Ground-Based Air and Missile Defence (GBAMD) capability study solicitation released to industry

9 July 2008

The Australian Department of Defence today issued a Worldwide solicitation to industry to inform a capability study of future Ground-Based Air and Missile Defence (GBAMD) systems and technologies. The study, being conducted in support of Defence Project LAND 19 Phase 7, is being managed by Aerospace Concepts Pty Ltd.

GBAMD system suppliers, media outlets and other interested parties are invited to register interest in the capability study via [email protected]. The study is due for completion in October 2008 with initial industry responses due by 1 September 2008. Note that the results of the study are intended for Department of Defence use only and will not be publically released. The solicitation is available for download.

Australian Ground-Based Air and Missile Defence (GBAMD) capability study

5 June 2008

The Australian Department of Defence today launched a Worldwide capability study for Ground-Based Air and Missile Defence (GBAMD). The study, being conducted in support of Defence Project LAND 19 Phase 7, is being managed by Aerospace Concepts Pty Ltd.

An information solicitation will be released around mid-year. This solicitation will seek industry responses outlining potential air defence system capabilities that may be considered under LAND 19 Phase 7. Information sought is expected to include indicative performance; systems integration; strategic and tactical mobility; supportability; manning and training; simulation; and indicative pricing. GBAMD system suppliers, media outlets and other interested parties are invited to register interest in the study via [email protected].

2007

Range safety capability promoted by DSTO

Spring 2007

The Range Safety Template Toolkit (RSTT) being developed by the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation with the assistance and advice of Aerospace Concepts Pty Ltd was promoted in a recent edition of Australian Defence Science (article reproduced courtesy of DSTO).

RSTT is being developed to quantify the risk to people and facilities from flight testing of air weapons such as the ASRAAM air-to-air missile and the JASSM cruise missile. With appropriate simulation model development, RSTT can be applied to in-service air weapons as well as those being planned and procured.

Aerospace Concepts’ role in RSTT development over several years has been to provide systems engineering, assurance and project management advice to DSTO. More recently our role has expanded to include flight dynamics analysis and modelling of space launch vehicles and hypersonic test aircraft to produce range safety templates for the DSTO-led HIFiRE joint US / Australia collaborative hypersonic flight research program.

Aerospace Concepts team wins Defence space training contract

23 October 2007

Aerospace Concepts, in collaboration with EarthSpace and PS Management Consultants, has been awarded a contract from the Defence Space Coordinating Office (DSCO) to deliver a series of training courses under the Defence Space Awareness Program (DSAP). The aim of the DSAP is to provide Defence military and civilian staff with a sound understanding of the space environment, capabilities and issues relevant to Defence needs.

The contract calls for the delivery of the 5-day Introduction to Space Concepts and Operations Course (ISCOC) and the 2-day Space Operations Overview Course (SOOC). These courses provide an overview of the space environment, space applications, orbital dynamics, space infrastructure, space strategy and law, dependencies and the limitations of space, as well as an awareness of Australian involvement and exposure to future space technologies. The first course will be delivered in early November.

Aerospace Concepts joins Defence RPDE Program

29 May 2007

Aerospace Concepts Pty Ltd today became an associate of the Defence Rapid Prototyping, Development and Evaluation (RPDE) Program at a joining ceremony held at the RPDE office in Canberra.

RPDE is a collaborative venture between the Australian Department of Defence and industry. RPDE’s mission is to enhance ADF warfighting capacity through accelerated capability change in the NCW environment.

Aerospace Concepts, with a long history of leading edge research and consultancy in NCW and Defence capability development (see 22 June 2006 entry and others below), is keen to contribute our expertise to RPDE and looks forward to collaborating with the Department and other Defence industry companies in improving ADF combat capability.

2006

Software licensing agreement signed with DSTO for Systems CAM commercialisation

3 October 2006

DSTO today signed an agreement with Aerospace Concepts Pty Ltd for commercialisation of the Systems Capability Assessment Model (Systems CAM) complex systems tool which was developed from work done with DSTO on Army firepower projects from 2001 onwards. This agreement will allow Aerospace Concepts to use the tool with clients in broader government, industry and overseas. In return, DSTO will earn royalties.

As noted in the DSTO Connections magazine, the Systems CAM tool is designed to support capability analysis, concept definition, specification development, compliance assessment and source selection (tender evaluation) activities using a structured approach to system modelling. The Systems CAM has already been successfully used in a range of applications within the Australian Department of Defence.

Aerospace Concepts Principal chairs 'Beyond Traditional Systems Engineering' panel at SETE 2006 Conference

27 September 2006

Systems Engineering has a proven history of identifying end-user needs and translating these into workable system solutions. However, the scale, heterogeneity and resulting complexity of many contemporary systems and projects may suggest that Systems Engineeering as traditionally practiced is struggling to deliver satisfactory solutions.

The Principal of Aerospace Concepts Pty Ltd, Shaun Wilson, today chaired the ‘Beyond Traditional Systems Engineering’ panel at the Systems Engineering / Test & Evaluation (SETE) Conference in Melbourne. This panel was conducted as part of a larger effort by the Systems Engineering Society of Australia to deal with the increasing complexity of Systems Engineering challenges. An article describing the panel has subsequently been published in the March 2007 edition of the SESA Newsletter.

Systems CAM tutorial delivered at SETE 2006 conference

25 September 2006

Aerospace Concepts Pty Ltd today delivered a half-day tutorial at the Systems Engineering / Test & Evaluation (SETE) Conference in Melbourne.

The tutorial, involving participants from a range of companies and government organisations, taught the application of Aerospace Concepts’ Systems Capability Assessment Model (Systems CAM) complex systems tool to a range of problems including capability assessment, compliance evaluation and source selection.

Guided weapon range safety analysis capability announced to the AIAA

22 August 2006

The Range Safety Template Toolkit (RSTT) being developed by the Australian Defence Science & Technology Organisation in collaboration with Aerospace Concepts Pty Ltd and other companies was today presented to the Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference and Exhibit of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in Keystone, Colorado, United States. The paper, titled ‘Guided Weapon Danger Area Generation – Implementing a Probabilistic Approach‘ was presented on behalf of DSTO and Aerospace Concepts by Advatech Pacific, Inc., one of America’s leading aerospace technology development and support companies.

The RSTT is being developed to support a diverse range of guided weapons in Australian service, including the ASRAAM within-visual-range air-to-air missile and the AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile

Aerospace Concepts contributes to help Australian space technology R&D

2 August 2006

The Australian Space Research Institute (ASRI) today publically thanked Aerospace Concepts Pty Ltd for contributing to the AUSROC 2.5 launch vehicle development project by donating drive motors for the liquid oxygen and kerosene valves that control propellant flow to the rocket engine. AUSROC 2.5 is the next step in the AUSROC program which began in the early 1990s and has seen three launches of liquid-fuelled vehicles. Aerospace Concepts has been a long-term corporate member of the institute and looks forward to further participation in AUSROC 2.5 development.

Systems engineering and Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) explored

19 July 2006

The Principal of Aerospace Concepts Pty Ltd, Shaun Wilson, today presented at the Pan-TTCP Symposium on Complex Adaptive Systems for Defence held in Adelaide, South Australia, 17-21 July 2006. He presented on developing engineering approaches to deal with complex adaptive systems with emphasis on the differences between these approaches and traditional systems engineering. Shaun’s presentation is available for download, titled ‘Complex Systems Engineering, What is the Difference?‘.

Joint DSTO / Aerospace Concepts NCW assessment presentation at the 2006 CCRTS

22 June 2006

Dr Anne-Marie Grisogono of the Defence Science & Technology Organisation today presented a joint DSTO / Aerospace Concepts paper at the 2006 Command and Control Research and Technology Symposium (2006 CCRTS) held in San Diego, California, 20-22 June 2006. The paper describes the long-running Network-Centric Warfare Prioritisation and Integration (NPI) assessment program being conducted in support of Australian Defence NCW capability development. The paper is also available for download, titled ‘An Australian Approach to Assessing Force-Level NCW Readiness‘.

Aerospace Concepts' Network-Centric Warfare capability assessment review released by DSTO

9 June 2006

The Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) today released Aerospace Concepts’ review of Network-Centric Warfare (NCW) capability assessment approaches which was developed as part of DSTO’s ongoing NCW research. The review encompasses both current NCW assessment approaches as well as areas otherwise unrelated to NCW that may potentially contribute to NCW assessment. The review is also available for download here.

Aerospace Concepts Pty Ltd at Complexity in ICT Systems and Projects workshop

18 April 2006

The Principal of Aerospace Concepts Pty Ltd, Shaun Wilson, has today opened the Complexity in ICT Systems and Projects workshop at The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering at the University of Sydney. The Workshop was organised by the Systems Engineering Society of Australia (SESA) in association with The Warren Centre as part of the Australian Software Engineering Conference (ASWEC 2006). Proceedings of the workshop will be published via the eScholarship process of Sydney University Press. Shaun’s opening remarks, co-written with Chris Skinner, are available for download, titled ‘Complexity in ICT Systems and Projects Workshop‘.

2005

Australian improved Terminal Attack Control (TAC) market technology survey solicitation released

21 December 2005

The Australian Department of Defence today launched a Worldwide market technology survey for Terminal Attack Control (TAC) technologies and products. The survey, being conducted in support of Defence’s Project LAND 146, is being managed by Aerospace Concepts Pty Ltd. The survey solicitation brief is available for download.

Australian Combat Identification market technology survey solicitation released to industry

29 November 2005

The Australian Department of Defence today launched a Worldwide market technology survey for Combat Identification technologies and products. The survey, being conducted in support of Defence’s Project LAND 146, is being managed by Aerospace Concepts Pty Ltd. The survey solicitation brief is available for download.

Aerospace Concepts consultant delivers Combat Identification technology paper

22 November 2005

Cameron Boyd, our lead researcher and consultant on Combat Identification technologies, today delivered a research paper, titled ‘Characterisation of Combat Identification Technologies‘, on this subject at the IEEE International Region 10 Conference in Melbourne. Known as Tencon ’05, this conference caters for a broad range of technology interests for IEEE Region 10 covering Pakistan to New Zealand and Australia to China and Korea.

Guided weapon safety analysis capability announced

9 November 2005

Dr Michael Jokic of the Defence Science & Technology Organisation today announced that DSTO, in collaboration with Aerospace Concepts Pty Ltd and other companies, is developing a guided weapon safety analysis capability to support Australian Defence operations into the 21st Century. Dr Jokic was delivering a paper, titled ‘Guided Weapon Safety Template Generation – A Probabilistic Approach‘, at the Systems Engineering / Test & Evaluation (SETE) Conference in Brisbane.

Aerospace Concepts compares NCW assessment approaches

8 November 2005

Cameron Boyd, one of our key NCW research team members, has today delivered a paper, titled ‘A Comparison of Approaches to Assessing NCW Concept Implementation‘, on comparing approaches to NCW assessment. This paper, derived from Aerospace Concepts’ collaborative research with the Defence Science & Technology Organisation, is an important foundation element in our NCW Prioritisation and Implementation (NPI) work for the Defence NCW Program Office. Cameron was speaking at the Systems Engineering / Test & Evaluation (SETE) Conference in Brisbane.

Aerospace Concepts Principal speaks about Combat Identification technology

4 August 2005

The Principal of Aerospace Concepts Pty Ltd, Shaun Wilson, has spoken at an international conference in Washington, DC about technology for Combat Identification. His presentation, titled ‘Technology for Combat Identification‘, based on research conducted for the Australian Department of Defence, covered more than 25 potential Combat Identification technologies ranging from simple cloth patches and vehicle-mounted panels to emerging technologies such as quantum dots.

Long-range cruise missile project chooses Systems CAM

15 March 2005

Royal Australian Air Force Project AIR 5418 has chosen Systems CAM to assist in the selection of a long-range cruise missile. The Systems CAM software will be used to provide a structured approach to evaluating the detailed technical and operational aspects of tender responses.

2004

Army's new infantry weapons project gets Systems CAM software

29 November 2004

Aerospace Concepts delivers our Systems CAM software to the Defence Science and Technology Organisation and the Defence Capability Development Group to support assessment of the Project LAND 40-2 market technology survey initial round results.

Army's new artillery project gets Systems CAM software

22 October 2004

Aerospace Concepts delivers version 1.0 of our Systems CAM software to the Defence Materiel Organisation to support the acquisition of a new artillery system for the Australian Army under Project LAND 17.

The associated database contains information collected and analyses made over three years of study by the Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Defence Materiel Organisation and Aerospace Concepts Pty Ltd.

Our new website goes live

21 July 2004

Aerospace Concepts’ new website goes live. Thanks to Glen Johnson and the staff of Future Medium in Hobart.