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Ongoing Projects

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Advance Training Concepts Challenge

STRIKEWERX’s latest challenge is focused on training for three areas within Air Force Global Strike Command. This challenge will bring together industry, academia and Air Force subject matter experts to better define how advanced training technology can be incorporated into Emergency Ordnance Disposal accident response, B-52 communications systems training, and E-4B maintenance training.

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Mixed Reality Air Refueling Training Challenge

STRIKEWERX is aiding Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) in its effort to seek a state-of-the-art training capability to accelerate the training of a new pilot to accomplish mid-air refueling in the B-52 bomber.

The difficulty of inflight refueling is the primary driver behind the requirement for many additional training sorties. Maintenance and weather issues compound the ability to accomplish training, and no current simulation contributes to a pilot learning the fine motor skills and visual perception of movement necessary to accomplish air refueling.

airmen pushing a missile in warehouse
airmen pushing a missile in warehouse

Fusion

DATE: 1x per month from October to current

LOCATION: STRIKEWERX Innovation Hub

TOPICS:

  • Powder Coating
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • NC3 Modernization
  • Software Defined Radios
  • Data Analytics
  • Cybersecurity
  • Decision Making Analytics w/Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • User Experience with USAF CXO Colt Whittall
  • Digital Engineering to support modernization and sustainment
  • Internet of Things
  • Human Factors
  • Cold Spray Additive Manufacturing

Previous Projects

Emergency Aircrew Response Challenge

STRIKEWERX is looking for a solution for Aircrew Response Management. Command and Control requires the ability to manage United States Strategic Command aircrews. The concept is the ability to move personnel from locations on an installation to and from the aircraft into various locations with little or no warning.

airmen pushing a missile in warehouse
airmen pushing a missile in warehouse

Design Sprint: TE Jack Stand

DATE: Sept. 14-18, 2020

LOCATION: STRIKEWERX Innovation Hub

ABOUT: This Design Sprint will see industry knowhow meet air force innovation to build a cover for the Transport Erector Jack Stand used by ICBM maintenance crews. During winter, the T.E. Jack Cover becomes filled with dirt, gravel, and snow and freezes to the consistency of concrete. Airmen at the 90th Missile Wing developed a homemade solution that saves time and frustration, but STRIKEWERX will partner with industry to find an innovative, scalable solution for all missile wings in the Command.

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Design Sprint: B-52 Brake Drill Press

DATE: Nov. 16-19, 2020

LOCATION: STRIKEWERX Innovation Hub

ABOUT: STRIKEWERX is working to solve a challenge faced by B-52 maintenance crews with its Design Sprint later this month. This multi-day design sprint will see airmen collaborate with industry experts and academia partners in an intensive focus to develop a prototype for the the B-52 brakes drill press that will lead to greater efficiency and effectiveness.

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airmen pushing a missile in warehouse
airmen pushing a missile in warehouse

Design Sprint: NC3 UX/XI

DATE: March 15-19, 2021

LOCATION: STRIKEWERX Innovation Hub

ABOUT: This five-day Design Sprint is to layout a meaningful and interactive solution that acts as the interface for the AFGSC Joint Global Strike Operation Center (JGSOC) leadership with the Nuclear Command, Control and Communications (NC3) system of systems to aid in decision making.

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Design Sprint: LF Intake

DATE: June 7-11, 2021

LOCATION: STRIKEWERX Innovation Hub

ABOUT: STRIKEWERX will host a 5-day Design Sprint that will feature an industry expert, academia, airmen end users, and our facilitation team working to solve the problem of maintenance teams losing hundreds of man hours cleaning a component on an ICBM launch facility.

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airmen pushing a missile in warehouse
airmen pushing a missile in warehouse

Design Sprint: B-52 Ejection Seat Kit

DATE: April 5-8, 2022

LOCATION: CyberWorx, Catalyst Campus, Co.

ABOUT: STRIKEWERX, the B-52 Program Office, Air Force Global Strike Command, Wings of Blue, USAFA Faculty Members, and USAFA Spark Cadets are applying a human-centered design approach to reimagine a low-cost replacement for the B-52 ejection seat survival kit and explore solutions for some early stage prototyping.

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BEEF Problem Definition Workshop

DATE: July 6 & 7, 2022

LOCATION: STRIKEWERX Innovation Hub

ABOUT: STRIKEWERX will conduct a Problem Definition Workshop to solve challenges with legacy equipment used to open and close the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile silo during maintenance. This two-day workshop featuring subject matter experts from government, academia, and industry will assist AFGSC with market research.

airmen pushing a missile in warehouse
airmen pushing a missile in warehouse

Design Sprint: Engine Cowling Heater

DATE: July 18-22, 2022

LOCATION: STRIKEWERX Innovation Hub

ABOUT: STRIKEWERX, in partnership with Air Force Global Strike Command, is seeking industry and academia who can help discover possible solutions for: How might we prevent ice from building up in B-52 engine inlets, and expedite warming of the engine in cold climates before engine start?

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