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PMA-290 SSD Challenge

PMA-290 SSD Challenge

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. -- The Navy’s Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft Program Office, PMA-290, recently completed a multi-phase prize competition for technologies that leverage self-monitoring analysis and reporting technology data for solid-state drive health assessment and visualization.

Twelve teams applied for participation in the challenge and received a take-home assignment which they submitted for evaluation by PMA-290 judges. Five finalists were invited to a live completion at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Aug, 18-20. Ultimately, four teams demonstrated their software solutions and participated in oral reviews with the judges. 

“The competitors identified the problem and implemented solutions to mitigate the impact,” said James Cameron, PMA-290 judge. “The insight provided during this prize challenge will inform future acquisition strategies.”

The Charles Tanzini Team will receive $60,000 for first, Physical Optics Corporation will receive $30,000 for second, and JET Systems LLC will receive $10,000 for third. Andromeda Systems, Inc. was the runner up.  

Innovation and Modernization Patuxent River, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s partnership intermediary for experimentation, technology demonstrations, and prize challenges, provided planning and execution support for the 12-month project.


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