Defense

May 10, 2013

C-5M undergoes ‘super’ upgrade at Edwards

The silhouette of an aircrew member from the 9th Airlift Squadron can be seen as they prepare to remove a power cart from a C-5M Super Galaxy for a test sortie April 26, 2013, in support of C-5M Super Galaxy Block 3.5.2 software upgrade testing. The C-5M Block 3.5.2 software upgrade is intended to correct 72 deficiency reports that were documented during previous C-5M test programs.

In 2006, the C-5 Galaxy underwent a “super” upgrade to further strengthen the airframe’s worldwide airlift capabilities. Now known as the C-5M Super Galaxy, test teams at Edwards and Dover Air Force Base, Del., are showing why the recent software upgrade to the largest aircraft in the Air Force inventory is no small task.

With initial modifications being tested at Dover AFB, the aircraft has been ferried back to Edwards AFB where the remaining flight test sorties are being accomplished during May.

“The C-5M Super Galaxy Block 3.5.2 software upgrade is intended to correct 72 deficiency reports that were documented during previous C-5M test programs,” said Joel Williams, 775th Test Squadron C-5 lead engineer at the 418th Flight Test Squadron.

“The results of the 418th FLTS testing of 3.5.2 will help support a fielding decision by the program office at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio,” added Maj. Zackary Schaffer, 418th FLTS C-5 test pilot. “Additionally, data from this testing will be used by the Development System Manager, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC/WLS) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, to generate a program assessment summary to verify the C-5M retains the navigational performance and surveillance capabilities necessary for future airspace requirements.”

A C-5M Super Galaxy from Dover Air Force Base, Del., takes off from Edwards Runway 22L April 26, 2013, during a sortie to test the recent Block 3.5.2 software upgrade. C-5M Block 3.5.2 software upgrade testing is projected to be completed by the end of May 2013.

According to the C-5M test team, the systems affected by this software upgrade included the automatic flight control system, auto throttle, display services, embedded diagnostic system, and flight management system.

“As part of the Traffic Collision and Avoidance System testing, we had to develop test techniques to safely generate collision warnings in-flight,” Schaffer said. “With the help of pilots at the 445th Flight Test Squadron and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory, we were able to develop procedures using a T-38 Talon to generate all of the appropriate warnings while ensuring safe separation of aircraft throughout the test.”

Initially, the aircraft was modified with test instrumentation and software at Dover AFB, which required all of the checkouts, Quality Assurance inspections, and initial ground and flight testing to be conducted off-site.

A C-5M Super Galaxy, assigned to Dover Air Force Base, Del., flys over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., May 7, 2013, during a sortie to test the new Block 3.5.2 software upgrade.

“Thanks to the excellent coordination between Edwards Special Instrumentation team, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, and the 436th Maintenance Group, all the modifications were completed ahead of schedule with the airplane fully mission capable,” said Schaffer. “With help from the 436th Operations Group, we were able to schedule all of the range support necessary for our testing.”

Once the final portion of software upgrade testing is completed, Williams said the DR corrections will help bring many improvements to the C-5M platform including a new vertical guidance mode, new glideslope capture capabilities, identify friend or foe mode S enhanced surveillance, and updated traffic collision and avoidance logic.

The C-5 Development System Manager, AFLCMC/WLS at Wright-Patterson AFB, will use the result of testing to support airworthiness certification of the software update. The testing results will also support certification of readiness for operational testing that will be conducted by the AMC Test and Evaluation Squadron.

C-5M Block 3.5.2 software upgrade testing is projected to be completed by the end of May 2013. The Air Force plans to upgrade 52 Galaxies to “super” status by the end of 2016.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Headlines December 17, 2014

News: U.S. Air Force tanker platform slated for year-end debut - Boeing is planning for first flight of its 767-2C – upon which the U.S. Air Force’s new KC-46 tanker will be based – by year’s end, six months late. Northrop Grumman wins $657.4 million deal to supply drones to South Korea - Northrop Grumman has won...
 
 

NASA launches new Micro-g NExT for undergraduates

NASA is offering undergraduate students an opportunity to participate in a new microgravity activity called Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams. The deadline for proposals is Jan. 28, 2015. Micro-g NExT challenges students to work in teams to design and build prototypes of spacewalking tools to be used by astronauts for spacewalk training in the...
 
 
launch1

Storm fails to quench liftoff of secret reconnaissance satellite

The fiery launch of an Atlas V (541), among the most powerful of the venerable Atlas family, briefly dispelled the gloom over Californiaís Central Coast on the evening of Dec. 12. A team of personnel from United Launch Allianc...
 

 
Coast Guard photograph

Navy demonstrates unmanned helicopter operations aboard Coast Guard cutter

http://static.dvidshub.net/media/video/1412/DOD_102145893/DOD_102145893-512×288-442k.mp4 Coast Guard photograph An MQ-8B Fire Scout UAS is tested off the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf near Los Angeles, Dec. 5 2014. The Coast...
 
 
GPS-OCX

GPS III, OCX successfully demonstrate key satellite command, control capabilities

Lockheed Martin and Raytheon successfully completed the fourth of five planned launch and early orbit exercises to demonstrate new automation capabilities, information assurance and launch readiness of the worldís most powerfu...
 
 

Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully demonstrates 3D printed rocket propulsion system for satellites

Aerojet Rocketdyne has successfully completed a hot-fire test of its MPS-120 CubeSat High-Impulse Adaptable Modular Propulsion System. The MPS-120 is the first 3D-printed hydrazine integrated propulsion system and is designed to provide propulsion for CubeSats, enabling missions not previously available to these tiny satellites. The project was funded out of the NASA Office of Chief...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>