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The 412th Test Wing’s Experimentation Center for Ideas/Technology Exploration team, known as XCITE, hosted a one-day innovation challenge July 10, 2017.

Several engineers from around Edwards Air Force Base partnered with members of the Desert High School Robotics team to come up with a solution to a real-world test problem.

The one-day competition consisted of three teams that brainstormed ideas and designed proposals during the morning session and in the afternoon presented their solutions to a panel of leaders from various organizations on base.

“The goal of the day was for 412th TW participants to gain training and experience working on a rapid development innovation project team, briefing leadership and then selling their idea; while robotics team students gained experience working with professionals on a real-world problem with real constraints,” said T.J. Wuth, an XCITE member. “The students also had the opportunity to apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics principals and to learn about federal acquisition.”

The three teams were put together to come up with a way to gather ground-based radio frequency imagery of an F-22 Raptor more effectively.

At the F-22 Combined Test Force, engineers routinely use a repair verification radar to collect ground-based images of an F-22 Raptor. The RVR system uses radar technology to measure the signature of an F-22, which is essential to the fifth-generation fighter’s stealth capabilities.

However, at 500 pounds, the RVR is cumbersome to maneuver, and for a full 360-degree analysis, the RVR is required to be moved to 25 locations around the jet. The RVR also has a tight tolerance with regard to where it is positioned at each location. These time-consuming procedures can be costly, as F-22s from around the Air Force come to Edwards AFB for low observability analysis.

The task for the three innovation teams was simple — develop and present…

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