A MEMS-Based Sensor Array for Flow Field Measurements and Aerial Vehicle Control

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,919.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911QX-11-C-0103
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A111-015-0774
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
A11-015
Solicitation Number:
2011.1
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
072021041
Principal Investigator:
MichaelJaeger
Principal Investigator
(603) 643-3800
mdj@creare.com
Business Contact:
JamesBarry
President
(603) 643-3800
contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Small and micro unmanned aerial systems are desired for carrying sensors into cluttered urban environments, areas of dense vegetation, and confined spaces. Control systems for these small vehicles are currently based on control approaches for larger vehicles in well-defined flows and are inadequate for gusty, highly dynamic environments, extreme vehicle maneuvers, and unconventional flight mechanisms. Control of small and micro aerial vehicles under these conditions will require sensing and adapting to small scale flow phenomena in real time. Creare proposes to develop a MEMS-based sensor system that measures pressure and flow velocity across vehicle surfaces. The sensor system is low-cost, lightweight, and easily installed on diverse vehicle shapes, and it will provide critical information related to lift, vortex attachment, and stall. The technology will improve control of small and micro aerial vehicles and enable their use for military recognizance and search and rescue operations. In Phase I, we will demonstrate the basic sensor functionality and outline a conceptual approach for using the sensors for aerial systems control. In Phase II, we will produce and test a breadboard sensor system to demonstrate its effectiveness for aerial vehicle control.

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