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High Bandwidth Hexapod for Hypersonic Flight Simulation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-17-C-0044
Agency Tracking Number: F161-224-1227
Amount: $749,960.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF161-224
Solicitation Number: 2016.1
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-08-14
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-11-14
Small Business Information
114 SE Parkway Ct
Franklin, TN 37064
United States
DUNS: 016551561
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Patrick McGirt
 Director, Engineering Division
 (615) 595-6665
Business Contact
 Jeff Paine
Phone: (615) 595-6665
Research Institution

Hypersonic flight environments can include motion with high frequency spectral content that is difficult to simulate.This high frequency vibration may adversely affect the accuracy of guidance and control sensors, so it is very important to the Air Force Research Laboratory to be able to recreate the motion in a way that allows sensor performance to be evaluated.Motion platforms such as the KHILS ISTAT facility have been built for this purpose, but current technology only partially addresses this need.Present frequency capability is limited to about 500 Hz, while 1000 Hz bandwidth would ideally be available.Dynamic Structures and Materials (DSM) believes that these needs can be met through a high-frequency motion simulator (HFMS) that uses a parallel kinematic actuator (PKA).A project has been conducted to evaluate the feasibility of and project the performance for the system.Important findings from the Phase I research are summarized and a plan is presented to build the HFMS in Phase II.

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