The Javelin portable missile system has been in use since the 1990s. One thing you can count on is the fact that the Redstone Test Center was part of making the Javelin a successful weapons system.
Data Acquisition Systems, referred to as DAS, which rhymes with class... was on the Javelin during development testing. The company will be on it again as efforts continue to make sure the system performs as advertised. "We want to make sure that we do the best that we can to mature the different weapons systems and get them in the hands of the soldiers. We want to make sure they work effectively and are safe for the soldiers to use," says RTC Experimental Developer, Scott Wolfson.
Scott's job is pretty simple. Every day in his lab office, he works to come up with DAS that are smaller, lighter and more efficient. They have to be tough too. "The stuff we work on is in a very nasty environment, and we have to make sure we can collect the data on the system in the environment it was designed to operate in," said Scott.
That environment might be on board, or fired from a helicopter. Wherever it is, Scott Wolfson wants the components that gather the data for tests to be precise and on the cutting edge. "I'm pushing the envelope of test technology. I want to do things that no one has done before," said Scott.
His ideas do become actual working equipment. The number one thing to remember, the test data that's collected ensures the systems perform according to specifications. The systems are often used by men and women who are in harm's way. "I always think about that. I want our soldiers to have the best weapons systems possible, and this is just one small piece of making sure that happens," he added.
Scott Wolfson has been on the job with the Redstone Test Center for more than two decades. One part of his job responsibility is continuing his education. Right now he's working on his Doctorate in Semiconductor Physics from UAH.