PILOT WX ADVISOR

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$249,960.00
Award Year:
1992
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
16882
Agency Tracking Number:
16882
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Vigyan Inc. (Currently Vigyan Inc)
30 Research Dr, Hampton, VA, 23666
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THE SAFETY OF FLIGHT OPERATIONS OF MANY GENERAL AVIATION (GA) AIRCRAFT IS COMPROMISED BY THE LACK OF REAL-TIME, SEVERE-WEATHER INFORMATION IN THE COCKPIT. THIS PROJECT WILL DEVELOP AND DEMONSTRATE AN AUTOMATED COCKPIT WEATHER-DISPLAY SYSTEM THAT WILL DO ALL THESE THINGS AND MORE. IN PHASE I, THE ABILITY OF MODERN COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS TO PUT LARGE AMOUNTS OF WEATHER DATA DERIVED FROM GROUND OBSERVING SITES ON BOARD A GA AIRCRAFT WILL BE EVALUATED. DEMONSTRATION FLIGHT TESTS WILL BE CONDUCTED TO SHOW THE FEASIBILITY OF A SATELLITE COMMUNICATION LINK AND THE PROTOTYPE MAP-TYPE WEATHER DEPICTIONS. A PROTOTYPE AIRBORNE SYSTEM WOULD BE CONSTRUCTED AND TESTED ON A HIGH-PERFORMANCE GA AIRCRAFT IN PHASE II. ADDITIONAL DATA TYPES WILL BE CONSIDERED, INCLUDING AREA FORECASTS AND TRENDS, ROUTE CROSS-SECTIONS, TDWR, AND NEXRAD PRODUCTS, IF AVAILABLE, ON AN ELECTRONIC, MOVING-MAP DISPLAY. THESE ADDITIONAL DATA TYPES WILL BE USED AS INPUT TO AN ON-BOARD SMART SYSTEM THAT WOULD DEVELOP FLIGHT PATH RECOMMENDATIONS BASED ON THE PILOT'S OWN OPERATIONAL CRITERIA. THE SAFETY OF FLIGHT OPERATIONS OF MANY GENERAL AVIATION (GA) AIRCRAFT IS COMPROMISED BY THE LACK OF REAL-TIME, SEVERE-WEATHER INFORMATION IN THE COCKPIT. THIS PROJECT WILL DEVELOP AND DEMONSTRATE AN AUTOMATED COCKPIT WEATHER-DISPLAY SYSTEM THAT WILL DO ALL THESE THINGS AND MORE. IN PHASE I, THE ABILITY OF MODERN COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS TO PUT LARGE AMOUNTS OF WEATHER DATA DERIVED FROM GROUND OBSERVING SITES ON BOARD A GA AIRCRAFT WILL BE EVALUATED. DEMONSTRATION FLIGHT TESTS WILL BE CONDUCTED TO SHOW THE FEASIBILITY OF A SATELLITE COMMUNICATION LINK AND THE PROTOTYPE MAP-TYPE WEATHER DEPICTIONS. A PROTOTYPE AIRBORNE SYSTEM WOULD BE CONSTRUCTED AND TESTED ON A HIGH-PERFORMANCE GA AIRCRAFT IN PHASE II. ADDITIONAL DATA TYPES WILL BE CONSIDERED, INCLUDING AREA FORECASTS AND TRENDS, ROUTE CROSS-SECTIONS, TDWR, AND NEXRAD PRODUCTS, IF AVAILABLE, ON AN ELECTRONIC, MOVING-MAP DISPLAY. THESE ADDITIONAL DATA TYPES WILL BE USED AS INPUT TO AN ON-BOARD SMART SYSTEM THAT WOULD DEVELOP FLIGHT PATH RECOMMENDATIONS BASED ON THE PILOT'S OWN OPERATIONAL CRITERIA.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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