Unmanned Systems

Centauri has a wide spectrum of capabilities relevant to unmanned systems, including operations, design and development, training, requirements development, testing, sustainment, and policy development.

We utilize these capabilities in support of Government customers as well as for our own independent research and development efforts. Our team includes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified UAS pilots, aerospace engineers, computational fluid dynamics scientists, UAS Instructors, operations Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and Senior System Engineers. Our expertise carries over to towed or tethered UAS as well. Although we have broad capabilities, our primary focus is on two areas, developing and operating UAS as targets to support military training and testing and providing high level analysis, guidance and recommendations for policy and procedures with respect to military UAS operations and training.

 

Our Approach

 

Centauri excels when we work with customers who have specific, unique, or rapidly changing requirements that hobby enthusiasts, commercial operators, and civilian or military drone manufacturers are not capable of addressing. We have built a cadre of personnel who apply their exceptional technical qualifications and vast operational experience to our customers’ needs. If necessary, we design and develop a material solution either in-house or with trusted vendors. or example, we identified a critical requirement to measure the effect of directed energy at various distances, altitudes and rates of movement from a weapon system firing point and

we initiated an independent research and development program to address the requirement using specialized sensors on our own UAS specifically designed for this purpose. We also use our knowledge to make recommendations to our customers. For example, one of our UAS experts is the Tri-Service (US Army, US Air Force, US Navy) lead for developing new Department of Defense (DoD) UAS towed targets. Another example is our subject matter expert supporting the Army In developing, updating and promulgating UAS training and operations policy.

 

Related Capabilities

Rapid Prototyping

Centauri’s composite prototype capability is built around an advanced filament winder complex.

Adversary Weapons System Analysis

Centauri provides advanced performance assessments of US and adversary user equipment.

Computational Fluid Dynamics

Centauri has significant experience, capabilities, and tools to develop CFD solutions to solve our customers' problems.

Advanced Materials

Our analysts use both industry and Centauri-developed tools for advanced modeling and simulation.

Systems Engineering and Integration

Centauri has experience in each phase of the system lifecycle, from initial concept to final deployment and operations.

Rapid Prototyping

Centauri performs rapid prototyping in our state-of-the-art in-house facilities. Our Engineering Prototype Center (EPC) is configured to support our rigorous design, build, inspect and verify product development philosophy. The EPC consists of a host of composite processing, additive manufacturing, mobile workstations, material storage, inspection and test equipment and instrumentation, housed within a 2,100 square foot laboratory. Prior to fabrication of prototypes, rigorous design and analyses are performed by our engineers and designers to understand the suitability of the prototypes for desired end-use and testing. Industry-standard and Centauri-developed analysis tools are used throughout the prototyping process. Design, suitability, end-use considerations and safety are always at the forefront of our prototyping processes to ensure repeatability, configuration management, and processing.

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Adversary Weapons System Analysis

Centauri leverages our expertise and experience decomposing the adversary threat and developing asymmetric measures to counter these systems. Our engineers develop and design test vectors that exercise their user equipment's (UE) real-world performance in challenged environments (rather than performance found in a specification sheet). We provide in-depth analyses of subsequent UE performance within these environments. This enables the defense community to understand the effects of emerging threats and to develop contingency plans in advance of operations to ensure warfighter success.

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Computational Fluid Dynamics

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is used to solve engineering problems from low-speed flows involving the coldest fluids on earth, to hypersonic aerodynamic problems where the temperatures involved far exceed the temperature on the surface of the sun. Centauri's team of CFD experts work closely with our customers to understand their needs from a system perspective in order to provide the best CFD solutions possible at the speed of relevance.

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Advanced Materials

Centauri is conducting material development and analysis activities for advanced composite structures. These efforts are focused on development of advanced airframes, structures, and components for high-speed, long duration flight. This includes manufacturing techniques for high-temperature resins, carbon fibers, and advanced ceramics for integrated airframe & thermal protection. Centauri capabilities for advanced materials development include the streamlined fabrication, testing, and analysis of in-house prototype designs.

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Systems Engineering and Integration

Systems Engineering and Integration (SE&I) is a disciplined approach for aggregating multiple subsystems into a complete whole that delivers the capabilities, products, and services the customer requires to complete their mission. It is a multi-phase process involving requirements definition, implementation, integration, test, verification, and operations. Satisfaction of stakeholder functional, physical and operational performance requirements is paramount, but cost and schedule constraints must also be strictly observed. SE&I includes both engineering and technical management activities, and brings together component subsystems into one system, ensuring they function together as intended, in the environment in which they were intended to operate.

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