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Low-Cost, Low-Power Sensor For In-Flight Unsteady Aerodynamic Force and Moment Estimation

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX17CA54P
Agency Tracking Number: 175611
Amount: $124,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A3.03
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-06-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-12-08
Small Business Information
1100 Exploration Way
Hampton, VA 23666-1339
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Arun Mangalam
 Principal Investigator
 (757) 220-5040
Business Contact
 Arun Mangalam
Title: Business Official
Phone: (757) 220-5040
Research Institution

Tao Systems and University of Minnesota propose to develop a sensor system providing sectional aerodynamic forces and moments with fast response, low volume/size/power requirements for ease of installation, and minimal calibration requirements. Aviation loss of control (LOC) accidents often result from stall and uncertain weather/flow conditions, often at low altitudes e.g., take-off/landing. The sensor system: (1) uses a robust transduction mechanism, (2) has a one-time lifetime calibration requiring minimal maintenance, (3) provides monotonic output with speed and circulation, and is (4) relatively insensitive to environmental parameters such as flight altitude, pressure, temperature, and density. This technology provides real-time output for energy state awareness under both nominal and off-nominal flight conditions.

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