Damage Adaptation Using Integrated Structural, Propulsion, and Aerodynamic Control

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNL08AA03C
Agency Tracking Number: 066011
Amount: $599,982.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: A1.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Barron Associates, Inc.
1410 Sachem Place, Suite 202, Charlottesville, VA, 22901-0807
DUNS: 120839477
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Ward
 Principal Investigator
 (434) 973-1215
 barron@bainet.com
Business Contact
 Connie Hoover
Title: General Manager
Phone: (434) 973-1215
Email: barron@bainet.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Over the past decade, researchers have been making great strides in the development of algorithms that detect and compensate for damaged aircraft. Before these algorithms can be used in civil aviation, progress is needed to (a) ensure that these innovative and frequently non-deterministic algorithms will always perform as expected and (b) address challenges associated with integrating these algorithms into an overall avionics system. The authors addressed the second challenge by developing an integration approach called Operational Envelope Safety Assurance (OESA). In Phase I, the authors showed that OESA can integrate control, path planning, diagnostics, and structural health monitoring algorithms in a way that ensures the subsystems will never issue commands that put the aircraft outside its safe-operating envelope. In Phase II, the authors will formalize the approach, develop a general set of OESA subsystem specifications, and demonstrate safe integration of algorithms developed by other researchers under related research efforts. Phase II will culminate in real-time high-fidelity demonstrations of an integrated controller for a NASA testbed (either the Langley AirSTAR GTM or the Dryden A-53 F-18 testbed) and will set the stage for Phase III flight tests.

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