Quintron Systems, a provider of enterprise-class systems for security command, control and communications, has completed a factory acceptance test for the first DICES VoIP system for United Launch Alliance (ULA).
David Wilhite, president and chief operating officer at Quintron said, “We are extremely pleased with the successful completion of the factory acceptance test. This is a major milestone for any new system development like the contract with ULA.”
Quintron can now go for actual site installation in the following months at the Delta IV remote launch control center at Vandenberg AFB in California. This system can be used to deliver parallel testing capabilities with other VAFB range assets and also to provide final active mission support success for critical launches in the future.
The Delta IV system features 67 new 2RU touch screen user stations, with 3 configured with the optional expansion panel for display or access of up to 60 active voice keys. Another 6 user stations are the thin client type - with separate desktop touch screen display. These also support up to 60 active voice keys.
The second installation among the four planned DICES VoIP systems for ULA is planned to be accomplished between December ’13 and January ’14. This will support the Atlas V launches, also from VAFB.
Notably, this system will be larger and will be providing support for 144 of the 2RU touch screen stations with 6 expansion panel additions along with 45 of the thin client stations taking the total to 189 operating positions.
Officials added that the two other launch centers, Delta IV and Atlas V will be at Cape Canaveral Air Station (CCAS) and will be installed soon. These two systems will include 244 operator positions with a similar mix as the VAFB sites.
Quintron personnel will undertake major site installation work at all four sites. Team members have not only designed and produced these completely new user stations, but have augmented them with new software features leveraging the design maturity of the DICES VoIP product line.