FT-PDA: Flight Test Personal Digital Assistant

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9302-05-M-1021
Agency Tracking Number: F051-320-0425
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-320
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
PO BOX 180272, Hawaii National Park, HI, 96718
DUNS: 148219517
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Eugene Duke
 Chief Engineer
 (808) 967-8230
Business Contact
 Eugene Duke
Title: President
Phone: (808) 967-8230
Email: duke@rainmountainsystems.com
Research Institution
RMSI proposes to build FT-PDA---a personal digital assistant (PDA) for flight test data collection, display, analysis and report test generation in real time. Additionally, FT-PDA will provide maneuver quality assessment and make recommendations in real-time to fly more efficient test profiles including suggestions on re-flying, reordering, or modifying maneuvers. The FT-PDA system accommodates hardware that presses the limits of low resolution, sampling rate, and variable installations. Sensors may be low dynamic range, mounted temporarily, unaligned to aircraft axes, or even reside in a pilot's clothing. The accommodation of such sensor systems is mitigated with intelligent software, capable of learning, adapting to new environments, and performing dynamic calibrations. The packaging needs is inexpensive and modular enough for individual pilot or flight test engineer issue, hand carried to varied aircraft for sorties. FT-PDA also includes a modular design of both hardware and software components that allow easy upgrade as newer sensors, computer hardware, and software tools and techniques become available. The cockpit display shows data in formats ranging from raw data (strip charts) all the way to reduced, calibrated, and normalized graphs typically seen in final test reports. The FT-PDA software system is based on open source software and commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware.

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