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eVTOL Aircraft Flight Simulation and Virtual Certification Tool

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-22-P-0764
Agency Tracking Number: FX20D-TCSO1-0139
Amount: $749,951.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AFX20D-TCSO1
Solicitation Number: X20.D
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-03-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-06-11
Small Business Information
34 Lexington Avenue
Ewing, NJ 08618-2302
United States
DUNS: 096857313
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Daniel Wachspress
 (609) 538-0444
Business Contact
 Melissa Kinney
Phone: (609) 538-0444
Research Institution
 The Pennsylvania State University
 Curtis Rhymer
116 College Ave, 2nd Floor
University Park, PA 16802-4710
United States

 (814) 865-8404
 Nonprofit College or University

A major innovative thrust is underway to develop Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL)/Urban Air Mobility aircraft.  However, designing safe eVTOL aircraft is challenging.  Notably, interactional aerodynamics (IA) has historically been a key flight safety issue for VTOL aircraft, and no existing aircraft approaches the complexity of IA associated with future eVTOL aircraft concepts.  Continuum Dynamics, Inc., (CDI) is uniquely positioned to address this issue, by providing an accurate, real-time, piloted eVTOL aircraft flight simulation with high-fidelity interactional aerodynamics.  This would allow flying eVTOL aircraft in general flight/wind conditions and failure modes within the safety of a computer simulation with realistic IA.  Current piloted eVTOL aircraft flight simulations cannot model IA with the required fidelity because they lack real-time free wake technology.  CDI is the only organization to have developed and implemented real-time free wakes in piloted NASA & DoD rotorcraft flight simulations and trainers.  Teaming with Pennsylvania State University allows high-fidelity, near-real-time acoustic prediction to be included, supporting virtual certification of both safety and noise for new eVTOL aircraft concepts.  Phase I work demonstrated feasibility of the proposed approach and presented a Phase II plan to DAF personnel and stakeholders eager to pull this technology forward.

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