Real Time Monitoring and Test Vector Generation for Improved Flight Safety

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,738.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNL06AA03C
Award Id:
72661
Agency Tracking Number:
041718
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1410 Sachem Place, Suite 202, Charlottesville, VA, 22901
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
120839477
Principal Investigator:
AlecBateman
Principal Investigator
(434) 973-1215
barron@bainet.com
Business Contact:
DavidWard
President
(434) 973-1215
barron@bainet.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
As the complexity of flight controllers grows so does the cost associated with verification and validation (V&V). Current-generation controllers are reaching levels of complexity that push the envelopes of existing V&V approaches, and further increases in controller complexity are required to provide the operational capabilities desired for next generation systems. Without improved approaches, there is little hope for affordable V&V of next-generation intelligent systems and, unfortunately, controller validation is required to ensure the safety of these systems. Barron Associates proposes an aggressive plan of research to develop monitoring algorithms that estimate, in real time, safety margins of complex feedback systems based on observed differences between the model used for controller development and actual flight data. The Phase II research will focus on the flight test environment where these algorithms will allow the flight test engineer to monitor and revise the test plan in real time - accelerating the test-matrix buildup when safety is assured and avoiding test points where safety is questionable. The tool will also recommend test points that could help refine safety margin estimates for as yet unexecuted maneuvers. The result will be reduced flight test costs and improved safety.

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