Damage Adaptation Using Integrated Structural, Propulsion, and Aerodynamic Control

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,982.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNL08AA03C
Award Id:
83879
Agency Tracking Number:
066011
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:
David Ward
Principal Investigator
(434) 973-1215
barron@bainet.com
Business Contact:
Connie Hoover
General Manager
(434) 973-1215
barron@bainet.com
Research Institute:
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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