A Structurally-Integrated Ice Detection and De-Icing System for Unmanned Air Vehicles

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$125,000.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX12CD57P
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
115440
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
S3.08
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
NY, St. James, NY, 11790-1514
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
083265558
Principal Investigator:
JonathanGutleber
Principal Investigator
(631) 686-5710
jgutleber@mesoscribe.com
Business Contact:
JeffreyBrogan
Business Official
(631) 686-5710
jbrogan@mesoscribe.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
Unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) are becoming more prevalent for Suborbital Scientific Earth Exploration, which often involves high altitude, long endurance flight missions. Extreme environmental conditions, especially involving sub-freezing temperatures (e.g. polar missions in support of the U.S. Global Change Research Program), can lead to the accretion of ice on control surfaces and jeopardize both the vehicle health and mission success. MesoScribe proposes the development of a structurally integrated ice detection and minimization system for implementation onto UAV platforms. The system, encompassing multifunctional detection and de-icing modules as well as power distribution arrays, will be designed and fabricated using Direct Write technology. Specifications will be identified based on the chosen system architecture for integrated switching networks, which will be required to toggle between detection and de-icing modes for power management. Prototype modules will be feasibility tested during Phase I to demonstrate concept efficacy and provide direction for development of the distributed system architecture. The proposed technology offers a variety of benefits for integration onto UAVs, including multifunctional icing detection/minimization capabilities, low-profile non-intrusive conductor networks, minimal power consumption, and ruggedized implementation.

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