Four Dimensional (4-D) Atmospheric and Oceanographic Instrumentation
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Atmospheric data collection often requires the simultaneous use of multiple instruments. Currently, different instruments are often packaged separately on the aircraft, with unique fairing/airframe integration for each. This method often requires extensive modifications to the airframe, makes maintenance of the total instrument package difficult, makes addition and removal of specific instruments difficult, and reduces aircraft performance through multiple fairing drag. This project will develop a fairing/payload system that contains multiple atmospheric research instruments. The payload system will: allow utilization of a single sampling source by multiple instruments, allow exchanging of instruments with little to no modification of the fairing/payload structure and allow easy access to the instrumentation package. In Phase I, an integrated nose fairing for the Navy's Pelican airframe will be designed, production tooling manufactured, and an initial fairing produced. The fairing will be constructed of advanced composite materials utilizing low-cost production methods to minimize fairing weight and cost. Specific consideration will be given to providing multiple sampling windows and sampling source quality. Phase I option would see the integration of a series of instruments into the fairing for use in the upcoming ACE-2 mission, construction of standardized sampling systems and preliminary flight testing of the system.
Small Business Information at Submission:
Principal Investigator:Christopher Morse
Zivko Aeronautics, Inc.
502 Airport Rd. Guthrie, OK 73044
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