A Phenomenological Approach to Adaptive Flight Control of Agile MAVs

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-09-C-0094
Agency Tracking Number: F08A-008-0228
Amount: $99,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF08-T008
Solicitation Number: 2008.A
Small Business Information
144 Research Drive, Hampton, VA, 23666
DUNS: 840701445
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 (757) 220-5040
Business Contact
Title: President
Phone: (757) 220-5040
Email: siva@taosystem.com
Research Institution
 Gentry D Kelly
 Office of Engineering Research
339 Weil Hall, Box 116550
Gainesville, FL, 32611
 (352) 392-9447
 Nonprofit college or university
Recent experimental studies have shown that insects, bats, and birds manipulate vortex structures (circulation) with active wing morphing in order to achieve high lift even at low speeds. Tao Systems in partnership with the University of Florida proposes the development of an innovative technique to directly measure relative changes in vortex strength in order to control the instantaneous lift generated by flexible wings. The vortex structures and their spatial translation along the wing surface will be characterized with flush-mounted, micron-thin hot-film sensor arrays that are operated by high-sensitivity, large bandwidth signal conditioning and processing system pioneered by Tao Systems. The low-Reynolds number flow that is unique to the MAVs poses severe challenges to conventional approaches that are based on computing and collecting vast amounts of data to characterize the complex aerodynamic environment. Practically all the current methods used for flight control depend primarily on inputs from structural response to the unsteady aerodynamic environment, which is rarely, if ever, measured directly. The proposed innovation will make it possible to sense, actuate, and control the unsteady aerodynamic-structural interactions for precision operation of MAVs.

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