Our Extensive Resources for Developing Innovative Solutions
Torch possesses prototyping capabilities in electromechanical, mechanical, optical, and software systems. We perform state-of-the-art research, development, design, fabrication, testing, and evaluation of electronic, electromechanical, and mechanical partial and full-scale systems. We use the results in concept development, proof of concept, component integration, and live system test and evaluation. We conduct electronic design and fabrication at all levels, including breadboard, brassboard, and flight-qualified printed circuit board (PCB). Results are integrated with mechanical design and machined assemblies to make up the final test articles. Our delivered systems include a multipurpose miniaturized airborne data logger, specialized airborne underwing video pods, multi-band optical flight hardware, sensor registration algorithms, and UAS/weapons control software. All of these programs involve an extensive use of inexpensive Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) hardware and software components.
Torch performs research, development, maintenance, and calibration of highly-specialized ground-based and airborne optical equipment using our in-house optics laboratory. Lab resources include optics tables, work benches, design tools, blackbody sources, and design suites such as FRED and Zemax.
Electronics and Avionics
Torch provides design and prototyping of electronic and avionic systems using our in-house electronics laboratory. The lab is fully stocked with electronic test equipment, specialized equipment for MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC communications protocols, PCB design suites such as Mentor Graphics PADS, embedded FPGA design suites such as Altera Quartus Prime, prototype fabrication and assembly equipment such as reflow ovens and rework stations, and software designs suites such as Microsoft Visual Studio. Software development is controlled through the Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) configuration management system.
Torch’s mechanical design team is equipped with design and simulation tools such as SolidWorks, SolidWorks Simulation, and AutoCAD. These resources enable Torch to perform structural analysis on new and existing mechanical designs using finite element analysis. The mechanical team uses Solidworks Enterprise PDM to synchronize engineering data across the team and to facilitate formal drawing and peer reviews for enhanced design quality.
Torch performs research, development and maintenance in our bench integration laboratory to test the logical integration of small munitions, aircraft avionics, and ground control station software. The configurable lab consist of avionics hardware, data link emulators, gps navigation, ground station software and tactical weapons emulators engineering units. These lab resources provide reusable tools for weapon life cycle maintenance, off site testing,
and procurement support.
Collaborating with Torch
Torch maintains memberships in multiple DoD and industry consortia. As a member of the Defense Ordinance Technology Consortium (DOTC), our goal is to collaborate among Government, industry partners, and Academia for purposes of ordnance technology development and prototyping. As an active member of the National Advanced Mobility Consortium (NAMC), Torch’s goal is to provide advanced research in a broad range of ground vehicle, autonomous, and system technologies.