Research & Development and Engineering

Investing in Tomorrow

OST’s R&D programs are driven by a desire to improve the safety of our citizens and warfighters while efficiently using taxpayer dollars. From conducting experiments in areas such as spectrum engineering to evaluating emerging technology in support of the Next Generation Air Transportation System, our technology and engineering leadership was built on substantial, above-average investments in laboratory tools and equipment, and that investment continues today.

Our R&D and engineering activities include:

  • Performing studies, analyses and experimentation in both laboratory and non-laboratory environments as required for science, engineering, and technology efforts.
  • Evaluating unproven technology applications and identifying potential risks.
  • Providing drawing and documentation support service as required by applicable task orders.
  • Assessing manufacturing, production methods, and inspection and test plans.

How We Do it

OST’s years of experience and industry-certified processes have given us a track record of on-time, on-cost systems delivery and performance milestones for many federal customers. We succeed because we combine Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) with team members who will challenge their thinking. We bring in domain experts from other fields with similar education, but different experience to work with our SMEs to challenge the status quo. Driven by our mission-oriented culture, these diverse teams bring to every complex problem a deep understanding of the customer, their missions, engineering best practices, and technological and system constraints. By encouraging cross-discipline knowledge sharing among our SMEs and practitioners — and funding the research and development needed to create new solutions with emerging technology — OST will remain an industry leader federal customers can count on.

OST proposed a new IDLM (Interference, Detection, Location, and Mitigation) program to assist Air Traffic Control System Command Centers (ATCSCC) in managing the national airspace (NAS) at a cost that was one-fifth of that proposed by a large systems integrator. This gave the government the potential to save $500 million in implementation costs across US airports.