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Integrated Vehicle-Propulsion-Control Design for DEP-Enabled Aircraft (IDEA)

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC20C0588
Agency Tracking Number: 205315
Amount: $118,449.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T15
Solicitation Number: STTR_20_P1
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-08-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-09-30
Small Business Information
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 190
Rockville, MD 20855-2814
United States
DUNS: 161911532
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Nikhil Nigam
 (301) 294-4255
Business Contact
 Robin Beahm
Phone: (301) 294-5220
Research Institution
 Stanford University
3160 Porter Drive Suite 100
Palo Alto, CA 94304-8445
United States

 Nonprofit College or University

NASA is spearheading the efforts on Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and providing impetus to the industry to follow with concepts for the same. Several manufacturers, as well as, NASA, have come up with concepts for UAM aircraft; mostly using Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP). However, the multidisciplinary interactions involved and the ability to utilize the distributed propulsors for improved control are not fully understood. To achieve this and use such capabilities in design, we are developing IDEA, a design optimization architecture that includes multidisciplinary multi-fidelity analyses for integrated airframe-DEP design. This technology, if successful, can push the state of the art in UAM aircraft concept design and DEP enabled aircraft in general.

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