F-35 Auto-GCAS Team to Receive 2018 Collier Trophy

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Unread post09 Apr 2019, 23:52

Didn't see this posted when I searched...
National Aeronautic Association wrote:The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) is pleased to announce that the Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto GCAS) Team has been named the recipient of the 2018 Robert J. Collier Trophy for “… successfully completing a rapid design, integration, and flight test of critical, lifesaving technology for the worldwide F-35 fleet.”

The Collier Trophy is awarded annually “…for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year.” The list of Collier recipients represents a timeline of air and space achievements, marking major events in the history of flight.

“I am so proud of the entire Auto GCAS Team and their commitment and dedication to saving lives through this revolutionary technology,” expressed Mark Wilkins, Senior Aviation Safety Analyst, Office of Secretary of Defense for Personnel Readiness and Safety. “We are truly honored to be recognized with such a prestigious award and deeply humbled considering the aviation greats who won previously.”

“I want to congratulate the Auto GCAS team on winning the 2018 Collier Trophy,” said Greg Principato, President and CEO, NAA. “The Collier Trophy was established more than a century ago to encourage the best minds in this country to continually find ways to advance and improve aviation. The Auto GCAS team, comprised of elements of the U.S. Air Force, to include the Air Force Research Laboratory, Lockheed Martin, the F-35 Joint Program Office, NASA, and the
Defense Safety Oversight Council; is a sterling example of a project that brought together the best minds from many disciplines. The result is a game changing advance in safety that has already changed military aviation and can one day change the game for everyone.”

The Collier Trophy Selection Committee, comprised of 30 aviation and aerospace professionals, convened on April 4, 2019 to hear presentations from 11 nominees.


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Unread post11 Apr 2019, 19:07

With the apparent first fatality in an F-35 with the tragic loss of the JASDF Lightning... and how expensive that pilot and aircraft were... one wonders if this Auto-GCAS software update might get pushed out to the fleet toot-suite without waiting for the full Block 4 update?
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Unread post11 Apr 2019, 20:25

There was no reason to bundle it with Block 4 especially as it was initially envisioned as a Block 3F effort.
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Unread post11 Apr 2019, 20:38

marauder2048 wrote:There was no reason to bundle it with Block 4 especially as it was initially envisioned as a Block 3F effort.


3F clean-up. Post-SDD.
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Unread post11 Apr 2019, 20:52

marauder2048 wrote:There was no reason to bundle it with Block 4 especially as it was initially envisioned as a Block 3F effort.


No, it was originally Block 4

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Unread post11 Apr 2019, 21:51

SpudmanWP wrote:
marauder2048 wrote:There was no reason to bundle it with Block 4 especially as it was initially envisioned as a Block 3F effort.


No, it was originally Block 4




At that stage of the program, yes. But once the JPO steering board elected to accelerate its
introduction it was being looked at as quicksilver says: 3F clean-up but pre-Block 4.

The motivation there being to decouple it from the Block 4 approval process which even
then was looking to be protracted.
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Unread post11 Apr 2019, 22:22

Some forum links to outside links for the FAST TRACKING of installation of AUTO-GCAS for the F-35 fleet five years earlier:

viewtopic.php?f=58&t=13143&p=406094&hilit=GCAS#p406094 [fast track]
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viewtopic.php?f=58&t=13143&p=405998&hilit=GCAS#p405998 [5 yr early]
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viewtopic.php?f=58&t=12237&p=396793&hilit=GCAS#p396793 [auto-GCAS before 2020]
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Unread post28 Apr 2019, 06:01

F-35 AGCAS recommended for fielding
26 Apr 2019 Giancarlo Casem, 412th Test Wing Public Affairs

"EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The 412th Test Wing recently published the technical report on the F-35 Automatic Ground and Collision Avoidance System and have recommended it for fielding; seven years ahead of schedule.

The Auto GCAS is a tool that utilizes a suite of sensors, on-board monitors and flight data to determine if a plane is on course for a probable ground collision. Based on the plane’s trajectory, speed, and lack of input from the pilot, the system then calculates the best way to recover to a safe trajectory.

“The 461st Flight Test Squadron is passionate about identifying, developing, and implementing technology that will benefit the warfighter,” said Lt. Col. Tucker Hamilton, 461st FLTS commander and F-35 Integrated Test Force director. “With respect to Auto GCAS, we knew how important this technology was for the warfighter and did everything in our power to accelerate it; protecting those that go into harm's way.”

The effort to test the system on the F-35A was headed by the Test Wing’s 461st Flight Test Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base, California, as part of the F-35 AGCAS Team. The whole team consisted of engineers and pilots from the Air Force, the F-35 Joint Program Office, NASA, Lockheed-Martin and the Defense Safety Oversight Council.

Further support was provided to the team by a group of congressmen. In November 2017, Hamilton provided a brief of the program to Rep. Kevin McCarthy and then-Rep. Steve Knight. The support of both California congressmen helped shed light to the importance of the program and accelerate its development by seven years.

“Following our briefing with Colonel Hamilton, Rep. Steve Knight and I sent a letter, along with our colleagues Rep. Paul Cook and Rep. Ken Calvert, to then-Secretary of Defense James Mattis, urging him to work with the F-35 Joint Program Office to prioritize the incorporation of AGCAS as quickly as possible,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy said a driving factor for him and Knight was the bottom line: AGCAS saves lives....

...“AGCAS reflects the good work being done every day by our military personnel and their civilian counterparts at places like Edwards Air Force Base,” McCarthy said. “These proud men and women strive to test and evaluate our nation’s finest technology. I am proud of the visionary leadership being displayed by Brig. Gen. John Teichert (412th Test Wing commander) and Brig. Gen. Christopher Azzano (AFTC commander). Under their command, I am confident that the team at Edwards will continue to advance our community’s proud aerospace legacy.”"

Photo: "An F-35 Lightning II launches an AIM-120 missile released from an internal weapons storage bay over a controlled sea test range in the Pacific Ocean.The 412th Test Wing recently published the technical report on the F-35 Automatic Ground and Collision Avoidance System and have recommended it for fielding; seven years ahead of schedule. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Okula)" https://media.defense.gov/2019/Apr/26/2 ... 5-1140.JPG (2.3Mb)


Source: https://www.edwards.af.mil/News/Article ... -fielding/
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Unread post01 May 2019, 23:07

From a post on a different topic [ viewtopic.php?f=54&t=55440&p=418152&hilit=Sidekick#p418152 ] the quote below was at the end so repeated here also:
"...[Tony ‘Brick’ Wilson, LM F-35 TEST PILOT] also said the company, working with the Air Force Research Lab, has developed and installed on the F-35A — six years ahead of schedule — the Auto Ground Collision Avoidance System (AGCAS). The AGCAS has “saved eight pilots’ lives,” Wilson said. He said the AGCAS will be installed later on the F-35B and on the F-35C in 2021." https://seapowermagazine.org/lockheed-d ... x-shooter/ 01 May 2019
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Unread post02 May 2019, 01:07

To read the press release from the testers you'd a thunk they did all the work from idea to implementation. IIRC, it was
LM/AFRL/NASA in origins.

But, very good stuff for the end users. Rare that each of the bureaucracies with some kind of equity in this kinda thing all marched in the same direction at the same time -- with urgency (knock me over with a feather) -- for a common end.

Well done. They should do so more often... :applause:
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Unread post02 May 2019, 11:45

Amen.

Dunno what they're spending on this but whatever it is, it's well worth it. Going to save many lives (and airframes). Had the F-22 had this, we'd have a few more of them around (and at least one pilot). Ditto for the F-15C. One where I live went down on a cross country flight a few years ago. Oddly enough, the official accident investigation gave no cause.

Plunged from 30,000ft or so. The pilot declared an emergency, but no other communication from him after that. The report noted he was incapacitated, but never found out why. He left behind a beautiful wife and two young girls...

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