Tempus Applied Solutions has been awarded a contract from the United States Air Force (USAF) to provide technical services and flight operations to the USAF Weapons Development and Integration Directorate, (WDID) Platform Integration Function, for aviation systems, the company said.
Tempus will integrate the USAF´s High-Altitude LIDAR Atmospheric Sensing (HALAS) system into a modified Gulfstream IV aircraft owned by the company. The laser-equipped sensor has the capability of measuring, with great precision, atmospheric conditions well into the stratosphere.
Tempus will assist in the airborne testing of USAF´s ground-proven HALAS system upon completion of the sensor integration and airframe modifications. If exercises are successful, atmospheric testing will be substantially improved, with a significant reduction in error factors from older sensing capabilities.
The contract consists of two parts; aircraft modification/integration and flight operations. Modifications will take place at Tempus´ Brunswick, Maine, modification center and will consist of significant engineering and electrical modifications, including the integration of an ultraviolet laser, telescope and advanced optical sensors.
Under the contract, once the aircraft modifications have been completed, fifty hours of flight operations and testing are to be conducted by Tempus in the United States and selected oceanic areas. Tempus expects the contract to generate total revenues of approximately USD 1.2 million.
The contract will be executed through the course of 2017, with modifications occurring from June 2017 to September 2017 and flight operations beginning in October 2017. Assuming successful testing of the installed equipment during flight, Tempus intends to continue to offer the system for a variety of commercial and military purposes starting in 2018.
Tempus provides design, engineering, systems integration and flight operations solutions that support critical aviation mission requirements for a variety of customers including the United States Department of Defense, other US government agencies, foreign governments and select corporations and individuals in the private sector.