I have worked for LinQuest for more than 10 years and have seen how we excelled in our technical performance to meet and surpass customer expectations. This excellence in performance gave our customer the confidence to come to us when additional support was needed.
— LinQuest Systems Engineer
LinQuest provides technical and acquisition support to the SMC Remote Sensing Systems (SMC/RS) Directorate in the areas of space flight and ground software support. Our efforts are primarily directed towards the SBIRS GEO and HEO space vehicles and the ground system. Key contributions include resolving top program software risks, analyzing software qualification events, and ensuring software was thoroughly developed, tested, and verified prior to operational acceptance.
★ LinQuest supports the RS Directorate by continuously monitoring the monthly fuel estimates of the Defense Support Program (DSP) on-orbit satellites to assist the SPO in planning on-orbit operations and forecasting satellites longevity. To facilitate this task, LinQuest developed a patented fuel estimation method, known as MLE-PVT (maximum-likelihood estimator, pressure, volume, and temperature). The methodology can be applied to other DoD and commercial satellites.
LinQuest personnel take that extra step to make sure everyone feels embraced like they are on the "team." As stated by an Air Force Lieutenant working on this project with one of LinQuest's Software Engineers "...he has gone well above and beyond what I would expect for a typical welcome to a unit, as he has given me easily a dozen documents to read and review that pertain to all areas of the program (not just software). He is also the first to ask me if I have any questions or need help with getting settled in..."
As a member of the team, I have directly influenced important decisions and my work has been seen at the highest levels of the SMC leadership team. I have also enjoyed seeing my SETA colleagues play major roles in launch activities, anomaly resolution, and highly technical analysis of software issues on new satellites in production. Our LinQuest team is at the heart of virtually every aspect of the Remote Sensing mission.
— LinQuest Engineer
"The close partnership and team dynamic that we have with our WIN-T customer is very rewarding. They depend on us and value our support. It is exciting to help engineer near-term solutions for critical Army systems while also establishing a vision and laying the groundwork for upgrades and future systems. On this contract, we get to do both."
— LinQuest Engineer
LinQuest provides systems engineering and acquisition support to PM WIN-T, which is building and fielding the systems that provide the Army's tactical communications network backbone. LinQuest has supported this customer for more than 20 years and has played an important role defining requirements and architecture, and specifying interfaces. In addition, LinQuest has provided solutions to integration challenges, capability shortfalls, and ensuring successful verification and operation of solutions across the WIN-T system-of-systems.
★ As part of our engineering support to PM WIN-T, LinQuest develops the Network Centric Waveform planning Tool (NCWT) software. This software is used by the U.S. Army (SMDC/ARSTRAT) to plan and allocate wideband SATCOM resources for Army NCW networks. This software is a good characterization of LinQuest's long-standing, successful partnership with PM WIN-T. Not to mention, the result of the vision and foresight by PM WIN-T leadership and timely execution by LinQuest to provide a critical capability at low cost. The ARSTRAT resource planners have said that, without NCWT, they would have been unable to support the mission for a novel solution such as NCW across the scale and ops tempo demands of tactical units.
Under the TAOSS IDIQ contract, LinQuest provides SATCOM systems engineering support to the United States Army CERDEC Space and Terrestrial Communication Directorate (S&TCD). We apply our domain expertise in SATCOM systems engineering and understanding the Army's Warfighter Information Network coupled with our proficiency in applying M&S tools to support our analysis and recommendations. Specifically, we have successfully applied this recipe in the evaluation of several different jammer types: noisy, full and partial band, pulsed, blink, continuous wave, repeaters/followers, and tone for modeling SATCOM diversity architectures; and the development of CONOPS and analysis for usage of a LEO constellation of very small satellites (nanosats) within WIN-T focusing on the evaluation of key performance areas such as orbital determination, Doppler, acquisition, and tracking.
★ LinQuest has had many innovations by applying our Model–Based System Engineering (MBSE) approach to develop ICDs, requirements in support of the Power Control Management Subsystem, and developed a unique composite controller model/design that can rapidly compensate for rain fades in a close loop satellite end-to-end communications link.
"Our team of systems engineers supporting JSEC SATCOM continues to receive the highest of praise from our customer. The JSEC management team has also received recognition on their performance, responsiveness, and innovations. I am personally proud to be surrounded by our team of experts that not only keeps their focus on their tasks, but also understand their contributions will enhance the Army Warfighting capabilities."
— TAOSS Team Lead