KinetX Aerospace — Providing Visionary, Highly Prized Engineering in Support of Space- and Earth-Based Endeavors



Hardware Engineering



KinetX Aerospace supported the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) as a subcontractor to Northrop Grumman in their development of the BAMS Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). The BAMS UAS provides persistent maritime Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) data collection and dissemination capability to the fleet, serving as a force multiplier for the JF and Fleet Commander, enhancing situational awareness of the battlespace, and shortening the sensor-to-shooter kill chain. In support of this effort, KinetX Aerospace provided support across the spectrum of engineering disciplines for the BAMS Airborne Recorder (BAR). The BAR is a solid-state data recorder for the BAMS UAS that provides transparent encryption/decryption for data at rest. The BAR provides Network File System (NFS) data storage access from which authorized BAMS subsystems can read and write.


KinetX Aerospace is an active team member on the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) program, working under contract from General Dynamics.  MUOS is a geosynchronous communications satellite network designed to replace the US Navy’s UHF Follow-On (UFO) satellite constellation.  The system will provide a narrowband tactical satellite communications system to significantly improve ground communications for US forces on the move.  General Dynamics is responsible for the Integrated Ground Segment.

The KinetX Aerospace Hardware team is assisting General Dynamics by providing subject matter experts in the ongoing hardware and software engineering, integration and test areas.  With our long experience and expertise in telecommunication systems, KinetX Aerospace is filling key roles at the system, subsystem, and device verification levels.  From test definition for various builds of the RAN software to integration of software onto the RAN hardware platform (and other components extending downward to the level of FPGA verification), KinetX Aerospace provides General Dynamics with expertise to provide quality test services that keep pace with the rapid development of the program.


KinetX Aerospace provided key resources in the development and design of LTE and GSM modems and baseband transceivers for Motorola’s Base Station product offering.  Efforts included architecture, development and verification on a large FPGA platform.  Trade studies, feasibility and performance analysis as well as functional simulation and a regression testbench environment were required.  Deliverables included functional Verilog code with complete hardware design documentation along with a programming model for software interfaces.

KinetX Aerospace designed and developed an RF Load Mobile Terminal Simulator (RFLMTS) based on Motorola’s 1.9GHz Transceiver Card.  RFLMTS provides for scalable performance testing of CDMA base stations by emulating calls from large numbers of simultaneous mobile subscribers.


KinetX Aerospace is performing technical trade studies and business development feasibility studies for IRIDIUM Next’s secondary payload functionality.


KinetX Aerospace provided key resources in the design and test of a video control and rate adaptation FPGA developed by GECO that allowed different video resolutions to be properly displayed on a high definition LCD display.

KinetX Aerospace also participated in the layout of a multilayer video controller board, designed to provide sufficient signal isolation and EMI protection to allow coexistence of digital and low level video signals.  This task included layout of a 115-VAC 400-HZ aircraft-certified bus power supply, which delivered low-noise power to the video processor and video display circuitry.

In addition, KinetX Aerospace personnel generated manufacturing process documents to achieve temperature, shock, and reliability objectives.  KinetX Aerospace was a key member in the review of electrical and mechanical design documents.


Working with SpaceX, KinetX Aerospace developed a thermal model in Thermica / SINDA/G with sufficient elements and properties to accurately simulate the thermal environment of the Dragon crew module that would be used in demonstration flights.  The complexity of the modeling included a 2274 node, 1498-element finite element model and a 746-element Thermica model.  Worst case orbital environments were evaluated and simulated in model as were the spin dynamics of the space craft.  With the help of KinetX Aerospace, SpaceX was able to demonstrate the acceptability of the spacecraft design for the planned mission.

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