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Rotorcraft Integrated Electro-Optic/Infrared (EO/IR) Plumes and Effects Signature Modeling

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-18-C-0322
Agency Tracking Number: N181-010-0478
Amount: $124,863.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N181-010
Solicitation Number: 18.1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-04-03
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-08-13
Small Business Information
45 Manning Road
Billerica, MA 01821
United States
DUNS: 030817290
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Frank Iannarilli Frank Iannarilli
 Principal Scientist
 (978) 663-9500
Business Contact
 Cameron Martin
Phone: (978) 932-0207
Research Institution

With the advanced testing at NAWCAD/Pax of the CH53K underway, and the progressing multi-service Future Vertical Lift (FVL) initiative, there is clear need for modernized and rotorcraft-specific EO/IR signature and susceptibility modeling tools. Moreover, these tools must possess trustworthy validation and be acknowledged as reference standards if they are to be accepted by and serve NAVAIR and DoD survivability groups. We propose to design, develop and deliver SPIRITS PLUS (Plume and LIDAR Upgrades for SPIRITS), an upgraded SPIRITS model with greatly-improved capability to model the signature effects of rotorcraft downwash and exhaust plume, and of laser radar. SPIRITS is nationally recognized and enjoys a long and broad history of validation against DoD and military systems. Our proposed effort brings together Aerodyne, developer of SPIRITS, Continuum Dynamics, Inc., nationally recognized experts in rotorcraft CFD, and Dr. Paul Markarian, developer of SPURC. The Phase 2 deliverable will be tested, documented, and ready for validation against field data, and will be suitable for furnishing to a Government Configuration Control Authority (CCA) for distribution and sustenance. It will also include software and version control modernization to enable the CCA to support a “continuous-release” cycle of incremental accrual and distribution of community-contributed enhancements.

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