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Company Name: Rolling Hills Research Corporation
City: El Segundo
State: CA
Zip+4: 90245-2822
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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Phone: (310) 640-8781

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $2,457,241.00 38
SBIR Phase II $11,264,447.00 23
STTR Phase I $625,000.00 6
STTR Phase II $1,799,985.00 3

Award List:

INNOVATIVE AIR COMBAT MEASURES OF MERIT FOR SUPERMANEUVERABLE FIGHTER AIRCRAFT DEVELOPMENT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert W Foltyn
Award Amount: $64,196.00

INNOVATIVE AIR COMBAT MEASURES OF MERIT FOR SUPERMANEUVERABLE FIGHTER AIRCRAFT DEVELOPMENT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert W Foltyn
Award Amount: $250,000.00
Abstract:
"recent technological advances have assured the possibility of radically expanding the maneuvering envelop of future fighter designs. increases in force and moment generation as well as enhanced departure resistance will enable the next generation of fighters to perform maneuvers beyond today's… More

AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO NON-OBTRUSIVE QUANTITATIVE MEASUREMENTS OF VORTEX FLOWS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Gerald n malcolm
Award Amount: $69,874.00
Abstract:
Modern fighter aircraft are operating in a flight regime with increasing demands for maneuverability and controllability to be effective in the combat arena. one of the limitations to that effectiveness is the inability to accurately track targets for gun or missile shots due to the degrading… More

G LOSS OF CONSCIOUSNESS (G-LOC) DETECTION WARNING AND RECOVERY FOR TACTICAL AIRCRAFT IN THE COMBAT SCENARIO

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert w foltyn
Award Amount: $63,842.00
Abstract:
Incidents of g-induced loss of consciousness (g-loc) occur with alarming frequency in today's high performance tactical aircraft and pose a significant hazard to flight safety. it is clear that the number of g-loc related mishaps now occuring in the peace-time training environment is only a fraction… More

INNOVATIVE COCKPIT DISPLAYS AND CUEING SYSTEM CONCEPTS FOR OPERATION IN AN EXTENDED FLIGHT ENVELOPE.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $50,000.00

INNOVATIVE COCKPIT DISPLAYS AND CUEING SYSTEM CONCEPTS FOR OPERATION IN AN EXTENDED FLIGHT ENVELOPE.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $489,000.00
Abstract:
Modern close-in air combat, with all aspect missile, is extremely fast paced with hard maneuvering to achieve the first point-and-shoot option. nose position at the expense of energy conservation is often a tactical expediency, and some current aircraft achieve this first shot option with transitory… More

FLOW VISUALIZATION STUDY OF DELTA WINGS IN WING-ROCK MOTION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Gerald n malcolm
Award Amount: $49,803.00
Abstract:
Modern fighter aircraft are operating in a flight regime with increasing demands for maneuverability and controllability to be effective in the combat areana. one of the limitations to that effectiveness is the inability to accurately track targets for gun or missile shots due to the degrading… More

INNOVATIVE AERODYNAMIC GUIDANCE/SENSOR CONCEPTS TO ENHANCE AIR-TO AIR MISSILE LAUNCH PERFORMANCE UNDER TRANSIENT/HIGH ANGLE OF ATTACK

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Orlando J Laboy
Award Amount: $66,743.00

GRAVITY INDUCED LOSS OF CONSCIOUSNESS DETECTION AND RECOVERY SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert W Parker
Award Amount: $50,000.00

"COMBAT AGILITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR FIGHTER AIRCRAFT"

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John Hodgkinson
Award Amount: $49,989.00
Abstract:
An innovative approach is proposed which would add adaptive features to current angle-of-attack/load factor limiter concepts to aid pilots' energy and agility management duringcombat. the combat agility management system would be scheduled with aircraft motion quantities to give the pilot improved… More

GRAVITY INDUCED LOSS OF CONSCIOUSNESS DETECTION AND RECOVERY SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert W Parker
Award Amount: $498,384.00
Abstract:
Incidents of g-induced loss of consciousness (g-loc), with the accompanying loss of aircraft and lives, have occurred with increased frequency in today's high performance tactical fighters. in addition, the number of g-loc relatedmishaps now occurring in peace-time may be considerably lessthan that… More

INNOVATIVE DISPLAY CONCEPTS FOR FIELD OF VIEW EXPANSION IN AIR COMBAT SIMULATORS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert C Ettinger
Award Amount: $61,486.00

"AERODYNAMIC CONTROL OF NASP-TYPE VEHICLES THROUGH VORTEX MANIPULATION"

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Gerald N Malcolm
Award Amount: $49,855.00

INNOVATIVE TACTICS ENHANCEMENT TO THE ADVANCED AIR-TO-AIR SYSTEM PERFORMANCE EVALUATION MODEL (AASPEM) PILOT DECISION LOGIC

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jay W Van Pelt
Award Amount: $61,097.00

INNOVATIVE AERODYNAMIC GUIDANCE/SENSOR CONCEPTS TO ENHANCE AIR-TO AIR MISSILE LAUNCH PERFORMANCE UNDER TRANSIENT/HIGH ANGLE OF ATTACK

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Orlando J Laboy
Award Amount: $127,268.00
Abstract:
Modern close-in air-to-air combat can be characterized as a "point and shoot" environment because of the all-aspect ir missile. success in air combat depends to a large degree on the ability to rapidly point the aircraft at the adversary and launch a missile. such pointing maneuvers may produce… More

"AERODYNAMIC CONTROL OF NASP-TYPE VEHICLES THROUGH VORTEX MANIPULATION"

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Gerald N Malcolm
Award Amount: $492,450.00
Abstract:
Research studies have shown that the aerodynamic forces and moments of fighter aircraft and missile configurations can be controlled by manipulating the vortices which dominate the flow field. this proposed research program will investigate the feasibility of using some of these same vortex control… More

AN IMPROVED METHODOLOGY TO ASSESS DEPARTURE SUSCEPTIBILITY VS. AGILITY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Gerald N. Malcolm , V.p., Aeronautical Research
Award Amount: $49,980.00
Abstract:
We propose to use new and innovative criteria to evaluate the relationship between departure susceptibility and agility of several modern fighter aircraft. the criteria consider high angle of attack stability requirements and assess the controllability limits of agile combat maneuvers. one aspect of… More

AERODYNAMIC CONTROL OF THE F/A-18 USING FOREBODY VORTEX BLOWING

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Joseph R. Chody , Chief, Flt. Ctrls. Tech.
Award Amount: $49,949.00

INNOVATIVE LOW-COST MANNED MULTI-BOGIE AIR COMBAT SIMULATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Urban H D Lynch
Award Amount: $61,994.00

DYNAMIC LIFT ENHANCEMENT USING OSCILLATING LEADINGAND TRAILING-EDGE WING FLAPS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: T Terry Ng
Award Amount: $59,965.00

INNOVATIVE DISPLAY CONCEPTS FOR FIELD OF VIEW EXPANSION IN AIR COMBAT SIMULATORS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert C Ettinger
Award Amount: $393,425.00
Abstract:
Recent acquisitions of a domed simulation with background, laser and high resolution target displays and graphics workstations for manned adversaries by afwal/figd are aimed at increasing their capability to evaluate and refine design requirements for tactical aircraft. the current emphasis for this… More

INNOVATIVE TACTICS ENHANCEMENT TO THE ADVANCED AIR-TO-AIR SYSTEM PERFORMANCE EVALUATION MODEL (AASPEM) PILOT DECISION LOGIC

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jay W Van Pelt
Award Amount: $613,907.00
Abstract:
The advanced air-to-air systems performance evaluation model (aaspem) is a comprehensive, digital, multi-aircraft engagement model developedby the boeing military aircraft company for the usaf. this model emphasizes beyond visual range (bvr) combat. the within-visual-range (wvr) or close-in combat… More

AERODYNAMIC CONTROL OF THE F/A-18 USING FOREBODY VORTEX BLOWING

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Joseph R. Chody , Chief, Flt. Ctrls. Tech.
Award Amount: $250,000.00
Abstract:
Fighter aircraft in future air combat will require additional agility and maneuverability to be effective. a key technology to improve agility is improved aerodynamic control at high angles of attack. technology recently developed on generic fighter shapes for high-angle-of-attackaerodynamic control… More

DEVELOPMENT OF A MULTIPLE COMPONENT FORCE AND MOMENT BALANCEFOR WATER TUNNEL APPLICATIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $49,946.00

AERODYNAMIC CONTROL OF AIRCRAFT USING MINIATURE ROTATABLE NOSE-BOOM STRAKES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: T. Terry Ng
Award Amount: $49,500.00

AN APPLICATION OF TECHNOLOGIES TO ENHANCE THE T-38 TO MEET BETS REQUIREMENTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James Manly , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $67,571.00

DYNAMIC LIFT ENHANCEMENT USING OSCILLATING LEADINGAND TRAILING-EDGE WING FLAPS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: T Terry Ng
Award Amount: $649,934.00
Abstract:
The main interest of this research effort focuses on the liftovershoot phenomenon for straight and moderately swept wings. one practical problem when one wants to utilize the dynamic lift as a means to enhance aircraft performance is that the lift-overshoot is usually too short-lived to be of usage.… More

INNOVATIVE LOW-COST MANNED MULTI-BOGIE AIR COMBAT SIMULATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Urban H D Lynch
Award Amount: $336,224.00
Abstract:
Department of defense procurement agencies have made it clear that they expect future combat aircraft contractors to be able to simulate design performance in highly complex and realistic battle environments. today simulations of this environment are expensive to procure and operate. as a result,… More

AERODYNAMIC CONTROL OF AIRCRAFT USING MINIATURE ROTATABLE NOSE-BOOM STRAKES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: T. Terry Ng
Award Amount: $496,300.00
Abstract:
The goal of this project is an innovative method of enhancing the controllability of aircraft at moderate-to-high angles-of-attack (aoa) by controlling the forebody vortex flow with rotatable nose-boom strakes. the idea is to control the asymmetry of the nose-boom wake by placing small, movable… More

DEVELOPMENT OF A MULTIPLE COMPONENT FORCE AND MOMENT BALANCEFOR WATER TUNNEL APPLICATIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $125,000.00
Abstract:
The development of a multi-component, force-and-moment balance for applications in low-speed flow visualization water tunnels is the goal of this project. the balance willallow detailed flow visualization and force-and-moment measurements to be performed simultaneously in a water tunnel, thus… More

VIRTUAL REALITY FOR AIR COMBAT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Steven M. Mosher
Award Amount: $52,652.00

AN APPLICATION OF TECHNOLOGIES TO ENHANCE THE T-38 TO MEET BETS REQUIREMENTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James Manly , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $300,469.00
Abstract:
The usaf trainer masterplan developed shortand long-term stratigies for meeting current and future undergraduate pilot training (upt) requirements. one element of the plan calls for the developement of a reconnaissance-attack-fighter system (bfts) aircraft toreplace the t-38 in the 2005 timeframe.… More

VIRTUAL REALITY FOR AIR COMBAT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Steven M. Mosher
Award Amount: $606,660.00
Abstract:
The principle objective of this contract will be to provide the air force with a low-cost high fidelity man-in-the-loop air combat simulation facility. the facility will provide the government with a critical technology the ability to simulate advanced technologies. this facility will have the… More

Evaluation of Flight Agility/Departments Characteristics with a New Multi-Axis Text Rig

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Brian Kramer
Award Amount: $50,143.00
Abstract:
The evaluation of lateral/directional stability departure boundaries for combat aircraft in preliminary design has historically been based on the knowledge of certain static aerodynamic coefficients. For aircraft operating at high angles of attack and high yaw and roll rates, these criteria are… More

Automated Forces for Air Combat Simulation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Steven M. Mosher
Award Amount: $59,860.00
Abstract:
Accurate simulation of force level air-to-air and air-to-ground combat, requires an accurate, comprehensive, tactical environment. Historically, simulation development has focused on increasing the fidelity of single ship operations. Only recently have high fidelity force level air combat… More

High Angle-of-Attack Departure Criteria for High Agility Fighters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Gerald N. Malcolm
Award Amount: $69,992.00
Abstract:
Fighter agility is comprised of both maneuverability and controllability. Inadequate controllability can limit the agility potential through a combination of reduced control power and/or a lack of bare airframe departure resistance. Typical departure criteria include only static aerodynamic terms… More

Improved Vortex Generators For Maximum Lift And Minimum Cruise Drag On G/A Airfoils

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Brooke C. Smith , Sr. Aeronautical Engineer
Award Amount: $69,989.00

Aircraft Drag Reduction Using Boundary Layer Heating

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Brian R. Kramer , Sr. Aeronautical Engineer
Award Amount: $69,960.00

Determination of Non-Linear Dynamic Aerodynamic Coefficients for Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Carlos J. Suarez
Award Amount: $69,642.00

Aircraft Drag Reduction Using Boundary Layer Heating

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Brian R. Kramer , Sr. Aeronautical Engineer
Award Amount: $599,498.00

Determination of Non-Linear Dynamic Aerodynamic Coefficients for Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Carlos J. Suarez
Award Amount: $599,795.00
Abstract:
This proposal is focused on determining the significance of dynamic aerodynamic coefficients in aerodynamic mathematical models used to evaluate the flight characteristics of modern fighter and transport aircraft. This assessment will be accomplished with a unique method of dynamic testing in the… More

Active Reduction of Skin Friction Drag

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Brooke C Smith
Award Amount: $99,737.00
Abstract:
Aircraft range is limited, in part, by skin friction drag. Recent advances in control technology with small actuators such as piezoelectric materials and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) may make active boundary layer control for drag reduction practical. The unique characteristics of… More

Active Reduction of Skin Friction Drag

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Brooke C Smith
Award Amount: $749,474.00
Abstract:
Aircraft range is limited, in part, by skin friction drag. Recent advances in control technology with small actuators such as piezoelectric materials and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) may make active boundary layer control for drag reduction practical. The unique characteristics of… More

Enhanced NLF Airfoil Pressure Recovery with Boundary Layer Mixing Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Brian Kramer, Director, Technology Dev.
Award Amount: $69,807.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Brian Kramer, Director, Technology Dev.
Award Amount: $0.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Brian Kramer, Director, Technology Dev.
Award Amount: $556,670.00

Advanced Rotor Aerodynamics For Dynamic Stall Alleviation Using Robust Flow Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Michael Kerho, Engineering Specialist
Award Amount: $69,921.00
Abstract:
"Compliant structures technology, coupled with variable camber leading-edge dynamicstall control, has the potential to significantly improve the performance of modernrotorcraft. The objective of this Phase I proposal is to use compliant structurestechnology to design a hinge-less, variable camber,… More

Flowfield Tool For Enhanced Modeling of Unsteady Aerodyanmics in Aircraft Simulation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Michael Kerho, Engineering Specialist
Award Amount: $69,904.00
Abstract:
"It is proposed to setup a full volume 3D particle tracking velocimetry system and expand on an existing particle tracking code to obtain quantitative flow visualization of the entire flow field around an airplane model in a low speed water tunnel. Theoff-body flowfield data will be used to… More

Advanced Rotor Aerodynamics for Dynamic Stall Alleviation Using Robust Flow Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Michael Kerho, Chief Aerodynamicist
Award Amount: $729,999.00
Abstract:
Compliant structures technology, coupled with variable camber leading-edge dynamic stall control, has the potential to significantly improve the performance of modern rotorcraft. The objective of the Phase I effort and Phase II proposal is to use compliantstructures technology to design and test a… More

Robust Flow Control For Radically Enhanced Natural Laminar Flow Wings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael Kerho, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,858.00
Abstract:
Airfoil stagnation point control has the potential to significantly improve the performance of aircraft by producing a radically enhanced natural laminar flow (NLF) low drag wing. By controlling the stagnation point location of an NLF airfoil, the range of low drag lift coefficients can be extended… More

Robust Flow Control For Radically Enhanced Natural Laminar Flow Wings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael Kerho, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,990.00
Abstract:
Airfoil stagnation point control will significantly improve the performance of aircraft by producing a radically enhanced natural laminar flow, low-drag wing. By controlling the stagnation point location of an NLF airfoil, the range of low-drag lift coefficients can be extended by up to 100%. The… More

Revolutionary Performance For Ultra Low Reynolds Number Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael F. Kerho, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
An important mission for NASA is the development of revolutionary flight concepts and technology. The development of Micro unmanned air vehicles (Micro-UAVs) and Mars aircraft has received considerable attention in recent years. Unlike conventional aircraft and UAVs, Micro-UAVs and Mars aircraft… More

Optimal Thrust Vectoring for an Annular Aerospike Nozzle

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: California Polytechnic State University Foundation
Principal Investigator: Thomas W. Carpenter
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Michael Fish
Abstract:
Recent success of an annular aerospike flight test by NASA Dryden has prompted keen interest in providing thrust vector capability to the annular aerospike nozzle (AAN). The AAN with a moveable spike could provide a solid-fueled rocket with thrust vectoring and unique throttling capability.Cal… More

Revolutionary Performance For Ultra Low Reynolds Number Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael F. Kerho, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
A novel technique for controlling transition from laminar to turbulent flow in very low Reynolds number conditions has been developed. Normally flows with Reynolds numbers in the range of 20,000 to 120,000 are dominated by laminar separation bubbles and are difficult to transition without using… More

Enhanced L/D and Virtual Shaping of NLF Sections

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael F. Kerho, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,997.00
Abstract:
A robust flow control method promising significantly increased performance and virtual shape control for natural laminar flow (NLF) sections is proposed using a novel momentum porting concept. Significant aerodynamic, systems, and control benefits are possible through the integration of virtual… More

Low-Cost, Integrated Ground Test, Simulation, and Flight Control Development Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael F. Kerho, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,990.00
Abstract:
An important mission for NASA is the development of revolutionary flight concepts and technology. The development of Micro unmanned air vehicles (MAVs) and Mars aircraft has received considerable attention recently. Unlike conventional aircraft, MAVs and Mars aircraft suffer from operation in an… More

Optimal Thrust Vectoring for an Annular Aerospike Nozzle

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: California Polytechnic State University Foundation
Principal Investigator: Thomas W. Carpenter, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,985.00
RI Contact: Jill Keezer
Abstract:
Recent success of an annular aerospike flight test by NASA Dryden has prompted keen interest in providing thrust vector capability to the annular aerospike nozzle (AAN). The AAN with a moveable spike for thrust vectoring and throttling could provide a more efficient alternative to traditional bell… More

Enhanced L/D and Virtual Shaping of NLF Sections

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael F. Kerho, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
A novel and robust flow control technique for the virtual shaping of extended run Natural Laminar Flow (NLF) sections has been developed. The virtual shaping and separation control technology can be used to control the size and extent of extremely large separation bubbles to virtually shape the aft… More

A Reusable, Oxidizer-Cooled, Hybrid Aerospike Rocket Motor for Flight Test

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Cal Poly Corporation
Principal Investigator: William R. Murray, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
The proposed innovation is to use the refrigerant capabilities of nitrous oxide (N2O) to provide the cooling required for reusable operation of an aerospike nozzle in conjunction with an N2O-HTPBýý hybrid rocket motor. The phase change cooling as liquid N2O is flashed into a vapor is crucial to… More

Innovative Self-Powered and Self-Contained Sensor Array for Separation Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael F. Kerho, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The proposed innovation is a self-contained, self-powered, robust flight test sensor array for the determination of separation. The proposed system uses off the shelf, currently available technology to create a reusable distributed sensor array, which requires no external wiring or power source. … More

Novel MAV Air Data System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael F. Kerho, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The development of Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs) has received considerable attention in recent years for both military and civilian uses. MAVs typically suffer from operation in an extremely low Reynolds number flight regime. At these very low Reynolds numbers, the aerodynamic flow features can be… More

Novel Real-Time Flight Envelope Monitoring System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Principal Investigator: Michael F. Kerho, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
The proposed innovation is an aircraft flight envelope monitoring system that will provide real-time in-cockpit estimations of aircraft flight envelope boundaries, performance, and controllability. The adaptable monitoring system will provide information on current and predicted aircraft… More

Novel Real-Time Flight Envelope Monitoring System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Principal Investigator: Michael F. Kerho, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
The proposed innovation is an aircraft flight envelope monitoring system that will provide real-time in-cockpit estimations of aircraft flight envelope boundaries. The adaptable system will provide information on current and predicted aircraft performance and controllability, alerting the pilot to… More

Innovative Self-Powered and Self-Contained Sensor Array for Separation Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael F. Kerho, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
The proposed innovation is a self-contained, self-powered, robust flight test sensor array for the determination of separation. The proposed system uses off-the-shelf, currently available technology to create a reusable distributed sensor array, which requires no external wiring or power source. … More

Advanced Propeller Flow Control for Increased Propulsive Efficiency

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael F. Kerho, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
An important mission for NASA is the development of revolutionary flight concepts and technology. The development of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), the resurgence of general aviation, and growing interest in environmentally conscious, all-electric, emissionless aircraft have brought about a renewed… More

A Reusable, Oxidizer-Cooled, Hybrid Aerospike Rocket Motor for Flight Test

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Cal Poly Corporation
Principal Investigator: William R. Murray, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
The proposed innovation is to use the refrigerant capabilities of nitrous oxide (N2O) to provide the cooling required for reusable operation of an aerospike nozzle in conjunction with an N2O-HTPB (hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene, a synthetic rubber that is used as a binder in solid rocket motors… More

A Refined Model for the Behavior of Nitrous Oxide to Assess the Limits of N2O Cooling

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Cal Poly Corporation
Principal Investigator: William R. Murray, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Xenia Bixler
Abstract:
The proposed project is crucial to enabling safe flight research on a rocket nozzle that is based on our recent innovation, which is to use the refrigerant capabilities of nitrous oxide (N2O) to provide cooling for an aerospike nozzle on hybrid rocket motor using N2O as the oxidizer. The phase… More

Versatile Electric Propulsion Aircraft Testbed

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Principal Investigator: Michael F. Kerho, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Walter Knorr
Abstract:
An all-electric aircraft testbed is proposed to provide a dedicated development environment for the rigorous study and advancement of electrically powered aircraft. The new testbed aircraft will be developed from an existing conventional airframe and provide a dedicated platform to study, design,… More

Robust, Self-Contained and Bio-Inspired Shear Sensor Array

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael F. Kerho, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The proposed innovation is a robust, bio-inspired, and self-contained sensor array for the measurement of shear stress. The proposed system uses commercially available off-the-shelf (COTS) components to create a distributed sensor array for the measurement of shear stress in either a flight or… More

Modular Electric Propulsion Test Bed Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Principal Investigator: Michael Kerho, Chief Aerodynamicist
Award Amount: $125,000.00
RI Contact: Walter Knorr
Abstract:
An all electric aircraft test bed is proposed to provide a dedicated development environment for the rigorous study and advancement of electrically powered aircraft. The new test bed aircraft will be developed from an existing conventional airframe and provide a dedicated platform to study, design,… More