- MacB Expertise
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- Research, Development, Test and Evaluation
- Secure Cloud Engineering and Data Analytics
- Integrated Laboratories
- Engineering and QRC
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We support the Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation (RDT&E) of advanced missile and weapons systems for multiple customers, and offer a combination of engineering, testing, environmental and operational testing chambers and equipment facilities to support these efforts. For example, MacB has supported the Air Force 346th Test Squadron since 2005, providing Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) of emerging Computer Network Operations (CNO) capabilities. Our test and evaluation capabilities, as well as lab services, cover all aspects to include the following areas:
MacB’s antenna positioners are designed for use with flat panel antennas and incorporate a custom RF deck. They accommodate small parabolic reflectors and horns and feature simple but rugged drive systems that deliver low backlash, high stiffness and high reliability. A Java-based GUI provides real-time, in-depth command, control and communication capabilities.
- Drivetrain – DC motors with gearheads on azimuth and polarization, belt drive
- Control Electronics – Fully integrated and controlled via computer
- Sensors – GPS, compass, inclinometers, motor encoders, limit switches and optional GPS differential compass
- Material – Machined and anodized aluminum
- Antenna/Payload Mounting – Custom quick release antenna mount
- RF – Integrated wideband RF deck along with IF input peak detect within a scan window
We provide Subject Matter Experts who partner with our Defense and Intelligence Community customers to deter, detect, delay or react to reverse-engineering, exploitation or countermeasure efforts against military-critical technologies.
Our Fayetteville, North Carolina C4 Research and Development (R&D) lab supports a wide range of engineering, development, testing, and evaluation of C4ISR systems, specifically ground and airborne communications, networking, embedded software, signals processing, imagery processing, SIGINT, information operations, electronic warfare, tactical cellular and cellular networking technologies.
The 10,000 square-foot facility provides Electromagnetic Compatibility testing, Radio Frequency emissions testing, environmental experimentation, and for engineering design and integration activities. Specific capabilities include:
• Anechoic Radio Frequency (RF) Test Chamber: Indoor shielded anechoic RF test chamber with nominal dimensions of 25’ L x 18’ W x 12’ H with a 24-foot turntable capabile of supporting 55,000 pounds
• Vertical Air-to-Air Thermal Shock Chamber: with temperature ranges from -75C – 210C
• Temperature Humidity Chamber: with temperature ranges from 73C to 190C with 98% relative humidity
• Temperature Altitude Chamber: supporting altitudes of 40,000 feet at 177C, or 100,000 feet with no temperature controls
Our expert concept development teams work closely with our customers to develop next generation weapons systems. We perform analyses of alternatives, design, evaluate and test cutting-edge concepts and help identify technology solutions based on future requirements.
We have the design, precision fabrication and materials experience essential to custom flat panel antenna development. By using custom fixturing and in-house laser etching equipment, the multilayer proximity-coupled elements are fabricated and the composite assembly is built quickly yet with tight positional tolerances, achieving broadband performance and accurate beam pointing. The 3D-printed polymer housing provides mounting features, recessed cable routing and the necessary structural support for stable frequency response, while enabling a rapid design-tune-optimize cycle.
Quick turn prototypes are facilitated using in-house engineering resources, labs and manufacturing. Design tools including Ansoft HFSS™ computer modeling are utilized to optimize antenna performance to exceed electrical and mechanical parameters.
- Custom designs available for QRC design and delivery
- Ultra-thin cross-section allows discreet placement
- Excellent cross-polarization isolation
- High gain (>15dBi)
Application-specific, high gain Waveguide Slot Array Antennas use precision manufacturing to turn a common antenna design into a miniaturized masterpiece. Often used for navigation and radar, standard slot arrays are robust, have low loss, high aperture efficiency and radiate linear polarization with low cross-polarization. Using unique fabrication techniques, we have achieved high performance in a small footprint and thin form factor well suited for low profile applications.
- Modified designs to meet mechanical, cable length, connector and
- Low average sidelobe specifications and return loss over a specified bandwidth.
- Comparisons of simulated results and experimental results.
- Each design is evaluated to provide optimized performance.
Our Alexandria, Virginia-based testing facilities include a combination of environmental and operational testing chambers and equipment. These facilities include:
- Metrology lab for quality control
- Temperature, humidity and salt fog chambers, ESD
- Shock, drop and vibration systems
- Accelerated UV testing, submersion and altitude simulation
- 40 GHz RF network analyzers, high bandwidth scopes, automated test systems
Our Foreign Materiel Exploitation laboratory analysts assess foreign air, space and cybersecurity-related military systems and subsystems to provide critical intelligence on the capabilities of potential threat systems.
Our proven modeling and simulation capabilities examine the performance and value of new technologies and capabilities at levels of detail from engineering performance to campaign effects in realistic scenarios. This enables the assessment of proposed systems before “bending metal”, and enables us to refine requirements for new systems and derive the most benefit from limited funding available for future military systems and capabilities.
We have developed a breakthrough approach to modernizing legacy systems. Known as ASPIRE, or Application, System, Portfolio, Integration, and Rationalization Engine, we use proven methodologies and automated tools to identify legacy code and underlying business rules to increase the lifetime of an application by modernizing legacy software. Using our proven approach, customers have the ability to focus scarce resources and funding on software developments that are essential to maintaining productivity.
Many current military systems were introduced into the inventory many years ago. We analyze the capability shortfalls of legacy hardware, and assess the value of modernizing these legacy systems and subsystems versus developing entirely new systems. In addition, we help design and develop improved capabilities and subsystems to be inserted into legacy systems to extend their lifetimes and utility into the future.
MacB is experienced in providing off-grid power system, high efficiency power conversion, and custom energy storage solutions to our military customers. This includes complex power management, modeling, and specialized system power distribution. Many of these systems have been ruggedized and/or camouflaged to ensure mission success in austere environments.
Many military operations occur in austere locations and rely on wireless secure communications networks. Defense, Intelligence and Special Operations forces rely heavily on batteries in remote locations to power their critical systems. Our research into DC to DC conversion has resulted in patented energy harvesting capabilities that essentially double the efficiency of current autonomous battery recharging products.
Power Reaper charges spare batteries by harvesting the energy difference between the temperature of a hydration pack, vehicle engine, MRE heater, etc. and the operating environment. The ability to recharge batteries in the field significantly reduces the number of batteries needed and increases room for mission-essential equipment.
–Power Reaper advances the present state-of-the-art in DC to DC conversion and power management
–Operates with mV range DC input voltages
–Conversion efficiency of 92 percent vs. the industry standard 50 percent
–Controlled by a nano-powered microprocessor
–U.S. Patent 2011/0254514 A1
The Powerpuck is a breakout module for a BA-5590 battery. The unit provides multiple regulated voltage levels, as well as battery pass through to various connector types. Two LEMO style connectors as well as two Tajimi style connectors are available with user settable outputs of regulated 5V, regulated 12V or Battery Voltage. A standard USB jack and terminal block are also included to facilitate connection to commercial equipment. The module also provides graphical LED readouts for current battery voltage and current draw. A Velcro strap is provided to positively attach the unit to its host battery.
–The breakout module plugs directly into the top of the battery.
–The module is secured to the battery via Velcro strap.
–Modular connectors are grouped into pairs of two. The switch directly above the connectors controls the voltage output of the connectors below.
–The terminal block located on the side of the module is controlled by the switch located on the same side.
–Voltage selector switches are recessed to resist inadvertent changes.
–LED bar graphs provide real-time status of battery terminal voltage and
The ability to test and evaluate our systems against realistic threats is a critical step in the development of the DoD’s Electronic Warfare and Sensor development process. Yet it is often difficult to schedule the ranges, labs or the equipment necessary for adequate testing or verification.
To help resolve this problem, MacB worked with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to design, develop, build and deploy the Re-Locatable Jammer (RLJ) system using a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) based Digital Radio Frequency Memory (DRFM) and advanced Digital Signal Processing technology. Several RLJ units now exist that can be deployed virtually anywhere, from laboratories to open air ranges, to facilitate testing efforts. The units are built by MacB and owned by AFRL.
We have mastered the embedding of electronic circuits into almost any material or host device. Our polymer fabrication facilities utilize urethane vacuum casting, injection molding, pressure molding, rotocasting and can include composite layups. Utilizing a patent pending MacB-designed system and process, we offer the ability to fully embed electronic systems in rotationally molded parts. This facilitates deep sensor embedment in new materials and a virtually unlimited range of molded plastic items: military, industrial and commercial.
- Fully encapsulated electronics, antennas and power supply
- Applicable to more sophisticated sensor systems and sensor-to-trigger solutions
- Enables new missions / targets
- Supports passive data collection / sensor systems
- Durable in very harsh operating environments over long time periods
MacB SCC is fully accredited as a Trusted Integrated Circuit Supplier to Trusted Category 1A. As a trusted supplier, accredited by the Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA), we are certified as a trustworthy design service provider. Our Secure Computing and Communications Lab consists of 12,000 square feet that encompasses state-of-the-art electronics, reverse engineering, and software development facilities to deliver rapid prototyped hardware and software for quick proof-of-concepts, as well as creating, integrating, and testing production quality products for maximum traceability, accountability and stability.
We maintain in-house expertise for developing EDA tools, GUIs for data visualization and process management, embedded code, device drivers for Linux and Windows, Linux kernel modifications, high-speed data acquisition, web-enabled collaborative tools, and clustered computing. In addition to custom developed tools, MacB engineers leverage industry leading third-party EDA and reverse engineering tools for simulation (e.g. Mentor Questa), formal verification (e.g. OneSpin 360), synthesis (e.g. Synopsys Synplify), debugging tools (e.g., Synopsys Verdi), and software reverse engineering tools (e.g., IDA Pro). We maintain expertise in C/C++, C#, VB.NET, Java, Python, PHP, and ASP.NET.
We are experts at integrating sensors in support of Human Intelligence (HUMINT), Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions. State-of-the-art modeling tools, combined with cleared personnel and facilities, are ideal for embedded system, reverse engineering, simulation and replication support.
- Deep bench of engineers, craftsman and technicians experienced in sensor integration
- Quick Reaction Capability (QRC) to support rush requirements
- Metal, plastic, composite, wood and electronics fabrication
We support the full range of test and evaluation activities for advanced weapons systems and subsystems all the way from developing test methodologies and design through pre-test planning and predictions, test execution, and post-test analysis. Through our efforts, customers are able to obtain the maximum benefit from their test programs, ensuring that systems and subsystems will meet their expectations.
We perform in-house development and final verification and validation testing of all products in our extensive and secure laboratory facilities, such as the Wright Innovation Lab in Dayton Ohio. Our test engineers implement Department of Defense (DoD) and customer-specific tests utilizing an array of state-of-the-art test equipment shown below.
Our test facilities reduce product development time, improve product performance in anticipated operating environments, and provide the ability to test sensitive items in a quick-reaction setting. Test Plans are developed to utilize both internal capabilities and manage extended testing through third-party labs as required. Subject matter experts follow industry best practices in developing test procedures, conducting tests, and reporting test results to our clients.
The globalization of the technology supply chain has changed the way the Department of Defense (DoD) approaches the trustworthiness of technology used in communications and weapon systems.
In the past, it was thought that technologies such as integrated circuits could be trusted: known to perform the functions for which they were designed and to have no unintended functionality. Today, manufacturing has been globalized. The use of integrated circuit technology across the world has increased dramatically, and the market for critical integrated circuit technologies such as Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) and Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) is no longer dominated by DoD.
To counter this global threat, MacB has developed methods that can be used to assure trust in microelectronics designs subject to requirements in DoD Instruction 5200.44 ‘Protection of Mission Critical Functions to Achieve Trusted Systems and Networks (TSN)’.
For more information on our Research, Development, Test and Evaluation services and solutions, please contact us at email@example.com.
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