Los Angeles, California (January 11, 2011) – AEi Systems, the world leader in worst
case circuit analysis (WCCA), has completed electrical stress & derating, reliability,
failure mode, and worst case circuit analyses for PerkinElmer’s Rubidium Atomic
Frequency Standard (RAFS), a critical portion of the GPS III satellite program.
The RAFS passed its critical design review with the assistance of AEi Systems.
The Lockheed Martin-led team developing the U.S. Air Force’s next generation Global Positioning System (GPS III) completed the program’s critical design review on August 20, 2010, two months ahead of schedule, and is now proceeding rapidly in the program’s manufacturing phase. The first launch of a GPS III satellite, which will provide significant improvements over current satellites, is scheduled for 2014 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
GPS III RAFS program manager, John Vaccaro, said, “AEi Systems is an invaluable resource. The AEi Systems engineers quickly achieved expert-level knowledge of the design and operation of our high-performance space-qualified rubidium frequency standard and helped us close out all remaining component electrical stress and end-of-life circuit-stability design matters within the required deadlines.”
PerkinElmer Frequency Standards Product Manager, Arnie Shuman, also commented, noting that “AEi Systems met and exceeded our delivery timeframe and results expectations and was an asset throughout the entire critical design review process. With the dedicated effort of the AEi Systems team, we were able to meet our commitments to ITT, Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Air Force.”
“AEi Systems is very pleased to have been of service and to have participated in the analysis, modeling, and testing of such an important piece of the GPSIII system,” added Charles Hymowitz, managing director of AEi Systems. “We look forward to working on future versions and to continuing our strong relationship with PerkinElmer and all the other subcontractors involved in this landmark project.”
GPS III will improve position, navigation and timing services and provide advanced anti-jam capabilities yielding superior system security, accuracy and reliability for more than 750 million users around the globe. The RAFS is a critical portion of the GPSIII program because GPS satellite technology is inherently dependent on the availability of an extremely accurate and highly stable onboard frequency source.
WCCA is performed to improve design reliability and to establish that a product’s
performance has a design capable of meeting its specifications throughout its entire
operational life. In addition to WCCA, AEi Systems specializes in circuit stress
and derating analysis, failure mode effects criticality analysis (FMECA), reliability/mean
time between failures (MTBF) analysis, and SPICE modeling, especially in the area
of power systems and devices for applications in the medical, military, space, nuclear,
and other industries where high reliability is required.
About AEi Systems
AEi Systems is the world leader in SPICE modeling; worst case, failure, and reliability analysis; and power systems analysis and design. Founded in 1995, AEi Systems has a hard-earned reputation for delivering its products and services on time, under budget, and to customer specifications, and serves nearly every significant IC and aerospace manufacturer and many of their customers.
AEi Systems’ headquarters are in Los Angeles, California. For more information, please contact AEi Systems at (310) 216-1144 or visit AEi Systems’ website at www.AEiSystems.com.
Last updated January 11th, 2011