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Innovative Rotorcraft Control for Shipboard Operations

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
82552
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N071-031-0775
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Barron Associates, Inc.
1410 Sachem Place Suite 202 Charlottesville, VA 22901-2496
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Innovative Rotorcraft Control for Shipboard Operations
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-08-C-0411
Award Amount: $248,932.00
 

Abstract:

A prototype adaptive flight control concept was developed in Phase I which better compensates for dis-turbances on the rotorcraft due to ship airwake effects and the moving ship deck during helicopter or tiltrotor shipboard operations. It is proposed to further mature the algorithms associated with this control approach in a limited-scope Phase II program. A parameter identification algorithm and an on-line learning approach will be further matured to deliver in-flight estimates of important effects of the ship airwake and ship motion. The system identifies both the statistical properties of the apparently random characteristics of the airwake as well as the repeatable and deterministic disturbances of the airwake due to the ship's geometry and motion. The Phase I flight controller was designed to use the information from the on-line identification/learning algorithms to improve disturbance rejection properties of the aircraft. The system provides enhanced feedback compensation to improve rejection of disturbances due to random airwake forces impinging on the vehicle, and feed-forward compensation to help compensate for deterministic airwake disturbances. We will focus application on a tilt-rotor UAV model. However, the flight controller could also be applied to manned rotorcraft.

Principal Investigator:

John D. Schierman
Principal Research Scient
4349731215
schierman@bainet.com

Business Contact:

Connie R. Hoover
General Manager
4349731215
barron@bainet.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

BARRON ASSOC., INC.
1410 Sachem Place Suite 202 Charlottesville, VA 22901

EIN/Tax ID: 541243694
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No