Implementation of Extreme STOL Capability in Cruise Efficient Aircraft

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,985.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX07CA44P
Agency Tracking Number:
060383
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
T2.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Aerotonomy, Incorporated
117 Herron Street, Fort Oglethorpe, GA, 30742-3127
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
170566918
Principal Investigator:
Chris Gibson
Principal Investigator
(706) 413-1582
cgibson@aerotonomy.com
Business Contact:
Chris Gibson
Chief Technical Officer
(706) 413-1582
cgibson@aerotonomy.com
Research Institution:
Georgia Tech Research Institute
Not Available
505 Tenth Street NW
Atlanta, GA, 30332
(404) 385-6705
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Aerotonomy, Incorporated and the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), will develop enabling technologies for an aircraft that is capable of Extreme Short Takeoff and Landing (ESTOL), while retaining efficient transonic cruise performance, by applying a comprehensive, systems-based design and analysis approach to innovative combinations of active flow control methodologies. The development of this technology directly supports the four strategic goals of NASA's Next Generation Air Transportation System (NGATS), namely 1) increased capacity, 2) improved safety and reliability, 3) increased efficiency and performance, and 4) reduced energy consumption and environmental impact. Individual circulation control technologies have been explored over the years, and have been demonstrated to provide highly effective force and moment augmentation and improved control capabilities. However, previous investigations generally did not focus on combining these CC systems into a cohesive and functional aircraft subsystem, nor did they examine CC impacts on other aircraft subsystems or overall integration issues. The primary innovation in the proposed project will be an optimal Combined Circulation Control (C3) system that maximizes net CC performance benefits over all flight phases, determined through a comprehensive set of systems-impact trades, including examinations of impacts on power requirements, propulsion system performance, noise characteristics, cost, reliability and aircraft weight.

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