NASA SBIR 2006 Solicitation


SUBTOPIC TITLE:Integrated Resilient Aircraft Control
PROPOSAL TITLE:Damage Adaptation using Integrated Structural, Propulsion, and Aerodynamic Control

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Barron Associates, Inc.
1410 Sachem Place, Suite 202
Charlottesville, VA 22901-0807
(434) 973-1215

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
David G Ward
1410 Sachem Place, Suite 202
Charlottesville, VA  22901-0807
(434) 973-1215

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT ( Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
The proposed SBIR Phase I plan of research seeks to develop and demonstrate an integrated architecture designed to compensate for combined propulsion, airframe, effector, and structural damage caused by catastrophic system failure or an intentionally hostile act. Whereas prior damage-adaptive control work focused on reconfiguring from unforeseen aerodynamic changes (e.g., effector or airframe damage), the proposed damage-adaptive control approach also accounts for the current health of the propulsion systems and key structural elements. The integrated controller merges available system identification and diagnostic information to compute a new "safe" operating envelope for the vehicle that accounts for identified changes in structural integrity/dynamics. Once this envelope is computed, the controller then proceeds to compute (1) an achievable flight path for landing the aircraft, and (2) a set of inceptor (or effector) and propulsion commands that will track the computed achievable reference trajectory in a decoupled way ? all the while assuring that, if physically possible, the aircraft will not excite dangerous structural modes or create structural loads that would risk further damage. The research will also investigate advisory and retrofit implementations of the proposed approach that will enable early V&V and implementation.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The technology directly addresses the IRAC element of the NASA Aviation Safety Program. Additionally, by integrating structural health monitoring with inner- and outer-loop control, the approaches developed here would also be suitable for life extending control (i.e., using effector redundancy to minimize wear on key structural elements). Finally, the technology is directly applicable to NASA's space exploration mission in that it provides trajectory generation and control algorithms that are capable of compensating for unforeseen failures or massive uncertainties in atmospheric conditions.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The immediate Non-NASA application is algorithms, software, and tools for the civil aviation industry. Additionally, the technology is well suited for high-level autonomous operations of unmanned vehicles (air and otherwise). The proposer has an excellent track record transitioning algorithms of this nature for industry for use in commercial and defense-related applications.

NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.

Guidance, Navigation, and Control
On-Board Computing and Data Management
Operations Concepts and Requirements

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