Technology Readiness Levels

For Desert Star Products

Introduction

Technology Readiness Levels are a method of identifying the current level of technological refinement for a particular product and its real-world application. Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) are the bedrock of both NASA and the DoD’s analysis of a technology’s use in the field. Given Desert Star Systems byword of “Technologies for Science, Exploration, and Defense” it seems appropriate that we would adhere to the same technological readiness standards as two of the most prestigious explorative and defense organizations. However, NASA and the DoD are applicators of technology and though they might fund the development of said technology, they are not the manufacturer. Desert Star Systems is a manufacturer and thus the TRL system does not quite fit the paradigm of how our products are assessed. This system is an attempt to expand and refine our internal system, define the parameters of each development stage, assess the existing products, and outline a path for product development.

Terms & Definitions 

PIONEER CUSTOMRER:

A customer willing to take a risk with an early purchase of a product that is not fully developed and refined. Pioneer Customers buy Alpha and Beta classed products.

EARLY ADOPTER:

A customer who is willing to take a risk with product that may still have bugs or kinks to work out. An Early Adopter buys Beta classed products.

 

Development Stage

PRIOR TO PROTOTYPE

Corresponding DoD TRL: 1-5

Description: This product is currently in-development and generally not available for purchase. We are currently accepting inquiries for this product.

Alpha Stage

PROTOTYPES BUILT

Corresponding DoD TRL: 6-7

Description: This product is currently in the Alpha stage of development. At the Alpha stage of development, the product is nearly ready to be produced on a larger scale. As an interested customer, you may be asked to participate in a focus group to help further refine this product. This product is available for pioneer customers only. Terms and conditions for purchase will apply.

Beta Stage

FIRST PRODUCTION RUN

Corresponding DoD TRL: 8

Description: This product is currently in the Beta stage of development. At the Beta stage of development, the product is commercially available, but only recommended for pioneer customers and early adopters. Terms and conditions for purchase will apply.

C.O.T.S. Stage

COMMERCIALLY AVAILBLE

Corresponding DoD TRL: 9

Description: This product has endured rigorous testing and has been deemed commercially available.

Mission Verified Badge

Corresponding DoD TRL: N/A

Description: This product has endured over 50 missions successes in the field. A product with this badge represents the best of Desert Star; only the most robust and refined products are approved for the gold star.

Discontinued Badge

Corresponding DoD TRL: N/A

Description: No further work will be continued on this product as it is obsolete. Only a significant outside investment can move a product out of the discontinued portfolio.

Current Products

PRIORITY LEVEL:

Internal engineering priority assigned to the product.

SALES RATING:

Internal sales rating assigned to the product. This is for use as a guide when selling the product. The salesperson should exercise caution when selling some products to ensure our customers’ mission success.

READINESS RATING:

Rating assigned based on the product development stage.

RATING/LEVEL CATEGORY EXPLANATION 
Mission Verified Readiness Rating A mission proven system or product
Beta Readiness Rating Pioneer Customers & Early Adopters
Alpha Readiness Rating Pioneer Customers only
In-Development Readiness Rating Unavaible at this time
Discontinued Readiness Rating Unavailable, Discontinued
Very High Priority Level Chief Engineer Focus
High Priority Level Engineering Team Focus
Low Priority Level Currently Sidelined
Very Low Priority Level No Planned Engineering Work
C.O.T.S. Sales Rating Sell Normally
CAUTION Sales Rating Case-by-Case Only
Unavailable Sales Rating Do Not Sell in Low Volumes

 

PRODUCT READINESS RATING PRIORITY LEVEL SALES RATING
ARC-1 XD Mission Verified
Low C.O.T.S.
SeaTag-MOD Mission Verified
High C.O.T.S.
DiveTracker SPORT Mission Verified
Very Low C.O.T.S.
DiveTracker SCOUT Mission Verified
Very Low C.O.T.S.
SeaTag-GEO Mission Verified *
High CAUTION
SeaTag-3D Beta *
High CAUTION
SeaTag-LOT Mission Verified *
High CAUTION
microMARS
Beta *
Very High
CAUTION
AirTag-30 Alpha
High CAUTION
ARC-POP Alpha
High CAUTION
AirTag-13 In-Development
High Unavailable
SeaTag-TT In-Development
High Unavailable
SouthStar In-Development
High Unavailable
STM-3 C.O.T.S.
Low CAUTION
AquaMap Seafloor C.O.T.S.
Low CAUTION
AquaMap Diver C.O.T.S.
Low CAUTION
AquaMap Shiphull C.O.T.S.
Low CAUTION
PILOT C.O.T.S.
Discontinued
CAUTION
SAM-1 C.O.T.S.
Discontinued
CAUTION
DS-3 C.O.T.S.
Discontinued
CAUTION
SeaTag-LOG Discontinued
Discontinued
Unavailable
NetTrack Discontinued
Discontinued
Unavailable
FrogEye Discontinued
Discontinued
Unavailable
SharkEye Discontinued
Discontinued
Unavailable
Precision Depth Sensor Discontinued
Discontinued
Unavailable
PERC-1 Discontinued
Discontinued
Unavailable
RangeNav Discontinued
Discontinued
Unavailable
APA Discontinued
Discontinued
Unavailable
OtterTag Discontinued
Discontinued
Unavailable
* New Firmware