Lessons learned from the incorporation and testing of the AN/APG-68 radar on the United States Naval Test Pilot School Airborne Systems Training and Research Support Aircraft (ASTARS)

by Tri, Denis Gerald.

Abstract (Summary)
In August 1994, a Statement of Work (SOW) was issued for the design, installation, and integration of Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) and Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) technology on a U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) aircraft. The program was known as the Airborne Systems Training and Research Support (ASTARS) Aircraft. The proposed aircraft would train test pilot students throughout the globe on airborne systems flight test techniques. The concept was initiated from a cancelled A-12 design bed and would be built on a P-3 Orion aircraft. In April 1995, the proposal to build the ASTARS aircraft was accepted, resulting in a contract award to private industry. In its first few years the new ASTARS program experienced terrific success. More than 1,000 individuals from 19 different countries were trained using the ASTARS system. The aircraft was an integral syllabus component for the world’s largest test pilot schools. Although an excellent training tool, the single ASTARS asset could not provide continuous year-round training. Rising flight training demands along with a required 8-month maintenance phase amplified the need for a second ASTARS aircraft. In 2001, the acquisition of a second ASTARS (ASTARS II) commenced. Unfortunately the
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School:The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

School Location:USA - Tennessee

Source Type:Master's Thesis



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