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UAV Hingeless Flight Controls Via Active Flow Control

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
73215
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-243-3523
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
AEROPROBE
2200 Kraft Drive Suite 1475 Bl, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: UAV Hingeless Flight Controls Via Active Flow Control
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-05-M-3554
Award Amount: $99,008.00
 

Abstract:

Limitations of conventional hinged aerodynamic platform controls have sparked interest in new "hingeless" systems, where control is effected through use of synthetic jet actuators and pneumatic circulation control. These new systems' advantages are augmentation of the conventional flight control envelope and a decrease in radar signature during controls actuation. The proposed hingeless flight control system uses both leading-edge and trailing edge pneumatic actuation (SJA and/or continuous) coupled with a novel control system that employs multi-layered neural networks (MLNN) and radial basis functions (RBF) to give global and distributed control, with aggregate input from sensor measurements distributed over the platform. The challenge will be to properly model the aerodynamics and actuators on the proposed UAV flight platform, capturing the inherent physics of the system. Experience and current work with similar actuator and control systems will provide invaluable leverage to achieve the goal of full hingeless control on a small UAV platform.

Principal Investigator:

Matthew D. Zeiger
Senior Scientist
5409513980
zeiger@aeroprobe.com

Business Contact:

Matthew D. Zeiger
CEO
5409513980
zeiger@aeroprobe.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

AEROPROBE CORP.
1700 Kraft Drive, Suite 2413 Blacksburg, VA 24060

EIN/Tax ID: 541721667
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No