Naval Platform Aero-Optic Turbulence and Mitigation Methodology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-16-C-0212
Agency Tracking Number: N13A-001-0076a
Amount: $2,302,917.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2016
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: N13A-T001
Solicitation Number: 2013.0
Small Business Information
2021 Girard Blvd. SE, Suite 150, Albuquerque, NM, 87106
DUNS: 794350025
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Matthew Whiteley
 (937) 684-4100
Business Contact
 Robert Praus
Phone: (505) 245-9970
Research Institution
 University of Notre Dame
 R. Mark Rennie
 110 Hessert Laboratory
Notre Dame, IN, 46556
 (574) 631-1695
 Nonprofit college or university
MZA partnered with the University of Notre Dame proposes to transition the Navys HEFL Beam Director Subsystem (HBDS) for flight testing on the Airborne Aero-Optics Laboratory Transonic (AAOL-T) aircraft. We will reconfigure the HBDS integrating structure and aft beam control system to fit the cabin constraints of the AAOL-T aircraft with an aft beam control and scoring bench. Operational functionality of the HBDS will be preserved. Target aircraft scoring and aero-optics wavefront measurements will be enabled. An aero-effects mitigation flow control fairing will be designed and fabricated for flight testing with the HBDS turret, based on previous subscale designs and tests. Integration testing of the new hardware layout will be conducted at MZAs Albuquerque clean room facility. The hardware will be transitioned to the Notre Dame White Field wind tunnel facility for aero-loading tests. From there, the hardware will be transported to Grand Rapids for integration onto the AAOL-T aircraft. A Test Readiness Review will be conducted prior to flight testing.

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