In Missile Defense, Timing is Everything

The Solution

One tool we developed is a “fly-away kit” for use in the field. The kit enables testing in a closed environment at development labs by emulating the protocols, accuracy, and anomalies of time and frequency systems. The MDA now can accurately predict what would happen if GPS is lost and provide vital data to contractors developing new systems that use time and frequency information.

In its first use at a development lab, the fly-away kit exposed integration problems that had not been anticipated.

The Future

Now, developers address these issues before systems get into the field. Without this capability, the MDA would spend scarce resources—not to mention precious time—going down blind alleys.