MEMS Setae for Bio-Inspired Wind and Lift Sensing

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$999,814.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911QX-13-C-0001
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-5039
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
A11-015
Solicitation Number:
2011.1
Small Business Information
Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
MA, Cambridge, MA, 02142-1189
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
604717165
Principal Investigator:
James Paduano
Senior Autonomy Controls
(617) 500-4807
jpaduano@aurora.aero
Business Contact:
Diana Eichfeld
Contracts Manager
(703) 396-6329
deichfeld@aurora.aero
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Aurora proposes to develop bio-inspired wind and lift sensing, and to test implementations that would enable mid-term integration on current and planned small and micro unmanned aerial systems (UAS). By using MEMS hair cells currently under development for the replication of insect flight, our approach will have long-term applicability to Army UAS concepts from"small"down to"nano"size ranges. Such hair cells have the ability to yield information on local flow fields before those flows produce inertial effects on a vehicle. Our university partners are leading experts in how insects fly, and have reverse-engineered the nervous systems of insects to understand how vision and hair sensors are used together to enable flight control and stability. Aurora and its partners are already collaborating on research into insect-based visual guidance concepts. Thus Aurora is not only transitioning MEMS airflow sensor fabrication capabilities, but also leveraging ongoing research on understanding of how best to integrate multiple bio-inspired sensors into flight control systems.

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