Three-axis Low Airspeed, Low-Cost Air Data Sensor for Rotorcraft

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$999,994.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68335-08-C-0321
Agency Tracking Number:
N071-039-0896
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
MICHIGAN AEROSPACE CORP.
1777 Highland Drive, Suite B, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
969868298
Principal Investigator:
Charles Richey
Manager, LIDAR Systems
(734) 975-8777
crichey@michiganaerospace.com
Business Contact:
Pete Tchoryk
Chief Executive Officer
(734) 975-8777
ptchoryk@michiganaerospace.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Current air data systems include standard pitot systems as well as flush port pressure sensors, which suffer from many shortfalls. Installation and calibration must be tailored to each airframe, and airframe modifications may require recalibration of the air data system. This can be costly and time consuming. At high angles of attack the air data is significantly degraded. Rotorcrafts are particularly susceptible to the degradation in capability below 40 knots due to sensitivity issues and the effect of rotor downwash. All of these faults become highly evident during low speed maneuvers, automatic flight control support and weapons delivery. Michigan Aerospace Corporation proposes to determine and demonstrate the performance of a Rotorcraft Optical Air Data System (ROADS) capable of three-axis airspeed measurements at speeds below and above 40 knots. The system will be capable of measurements in longitudinal, vertical and lateral flight with no degradation. The measurement region will be outside of the rotor down wash, minimizing the effect of the downwash on the wind speed measurement. In addition, the proposed system can be produced at a much lower cost than even five years ago due to significant advances at Michigan Aerospace and its laser and detector vendors.

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