From Ideas to Reality
Torch actively supports the Army, Air Force, Navy, Missile Defense Agency (MDA), and Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) in research and development. In addition, we support warfighting applications of new technology concepts through multiple Phases I, II and III Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR), and Science & Technology programs. Torch's proven process takes technology through concept development, algorithm development, algorithm validation, and finally, technology transition. The Torch advanced technology programs incorporate fundamental research; advanced operational concept and technology formulation, development, analysis, and evaluation; and transition of technology into weapon systems to improve existing warfighting capabilities.
The Guardian testbed is a 3D game-like environment where engineers explore design trades and soldiers explore mission operations. This testbed consits of a multi-layered service-based technology stack that can be quickly reconfigured to represent alternate system desgins.
Torch produced an agile workbench which adapts commercial design sprint methods and tools to address the hard challenges of weapon system prototyping. The agile workbench ideation management tools are built by extending open-source technologies.
Shield Acquisition Innovation Lab (SAIL) - leads to enhanced risk reduction across the acquisition timeline through efficient sharing of digital data, and earlier prototype realization which assists technology transition and Army acquisition.
Digial Engineering Missile Operations (DEMO) Center provides a set of composable virtual ltestbeds used to explore complex technology operations in a full system kill chain. The DEMO Center tools provide an open architecture capability to rapidly integrate new technologies into a system context.
Reducing Collateral Damage and Risk to Civilians
Torch is developing and fielding a high-speed optical sensor suite to collect and interpret missile intercept signatures; physics-based phenomenological models to describe the brief optical flash; and innovative instrumentation systems integrated with automated data processing and data fusion algorithms to capture fragment mass, geometry and velocity information. Our latest innovation is an optical system that will be fielded at test ranges across the United States. This system will help reduce risk of a weapon system’s collateral damage and help protect civilians through more accurate characterization of system behavior.