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Flight Test Evaluation of Endurance-Maximizing Periodic Cruise Trajectories for…

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
67344
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
035376
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Optimal Synthesis, Inc.
95 First Street, Suite 240 Los Altos, CA 94022-2777
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Flight Test Evaluation of Endurance-Maximizing Periodic Cruise Trajectories for UAV
Agency: NASA
Contract: NND04AA50C
Award Amount: $70,000.00
 

Abstract:

The benefits of periodic cruise operation of flight vehicles have been known for three decades. Although a number of papers and doctoral dissertations have studied the periodic cruise phenomenon, they have not been systematically evaluated in any flight test program. The objective of the present research is the flight test evaluation of endurance-maximizing periodic cruise trajectories. Flight tests will be conducted in collaboration with the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center on a research UAV. A secondary objective of the proposed research effort is to investigate the use of dynamic soaring maneuvers for enhancing the UAV endurance performance. Phase I research will demonstrate the improvements in endurance performance using a UAV simulation model. Realistic UAV dynamics and atmospheric characteristics will be included in these simulations. Guidance algorithms for flying the periodic trajectories will also be developed. Based on the research findings of the Phase I research, Phase II work will refine the guidance algorithms and conduct flight test evaluation of endurance-maximizing periodic cruise trajectories. Development of periodic cruise flight control systems for production UAVs will be undertaken during the Phase III work.

Principal Investigator:

P. k. Menon
Principal Investigator
6502138585
menon@optisyn.com

Business Contact:

P. k. Menon
Business Official
6502138585
menon@optisyn.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Optimal Synthesis Inc.
868 San Antonio Road Palo Alto, CA 94303

EIN/Tax ID: 770484755
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No