NASA STTR 2006 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 06-2 T2.02-9947
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: Advanced Concepts for Flight Research
PROPOSAL TITLE: Implementation of Extreme STOL Capability in Cruise Efficient Aircraft

NAME: Aerotonomy, Incorporated NAME: Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation
STREET: 591 Thornton Rd, Suite A STREET: 505 Tenth Street NW
STATE/ZIP: GA  30122 - 1546 STATE/ZIP: GA  30332 - 0001
PHONE: (678) 398-1135 PHONE: (404) 385-6705

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Chris Gibson
117 Herron Street
Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742 - 3127
(706) 413-1582

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract:

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Aerotonomy, Incorporated, the Georgia Tech Research Institute, and the Boeing Company propose here to continue work towards the development of commercially viable enabling technologies for a Cruise Efficient, ESTOL-capable Transport Aircraft (CEETA). Results of the Phase I effort provide a broad, systems-based assessment of several innovative Combined Circulation Control (C3) techniques that represent a significant potential solution in the space of high lift technologies. Highlights of the proposed Phase II program will be:
1) Significant enhancement of the overall systems-based C3 impacts analysis by refining the weight, compressed air requirements, propulsion system, flight performance, environmental, cost, and reliability impacts analyses as well as conducting a meaningful examination of Figure of Merit weighting schemes.
2) Low speed wind tunnel tests of a 3D half-span, subscale CEETA with integrated C3 systems to generate detailed 3D aerodynamic data that include interaction effects among the various circulation control devices.
3) Execution of an experimental flight program using a subscale, mass-scaled CEETA testbed that enables direct performance comparisons between an aircraft equipped with C3-based high lift devices and an aircraft equipped with conventional high lift devices at the same wing loading, as well as evaluations of real-world issues associated with integrating C3 devices into a flight-ready vehicle.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
A synergy map was created that listed specific NASA milestones for which this Phase I project has both direct and indirect relevance. A total of 53 specific milestones were listed with 33 having direct relevance and 20 having indirect relevance. Of the twelve ARMD Projects, four contained no relevant milestones: 1) Supersonics EDL, 2) Aging Aircraft and Durability, 3) Intelligent Integrated Flight Deck, and 4) Airportal. The Subsonic Fixed Wing (SFW) Project had the most relevance (22 relevant milestones) followed closely by the Integrated Resilient Aircraft Control (IRAC) Project (17 relevant milestones). Also, NASA's NextGen which is based on the JPDO's vision of the NGATS has four strategic goals, namely: 1) increased capacity, 2) improved safety and reliability, 3) increased efficiency and performance, and 4) reduced energy consumption and environmental impact. The technology developed in this project directly supports all of these goals.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
There are many military applications of the technology developed in this project. Some of these include ESTOL cargo and troop transport aircraft and shipboard aircraft. Super-circulation can be an enabling technology for launching and recovering medium and large aircraft from short and unprepared fields without requiring specialized launch and recovery equipment and without incurring large cruise performance penalties due to high lift systems.
This technology has potential applications in commercial airliners, business jets, and regional transports. In general, equipping these aircraft with cruise-efficient high-lift devices can enhance airport options, give the user more valid runway choices at existing airports, and help alleviate environmental noise problems near airports by allowing steeper climb-outs and approaches. Manufacturers of these aircraft include Boeing, Gulfstream, and Cessna, among others. The Boeing Company in particular, recognizing the potential benefits of the technology, has agreed to partner with Aerotonomy and GTRI on the Phase II. The Boeing Company's wide range of transport aircraft products and synergistic advanced development activities provide numerous opportunities for commercial application of the technologies resulting from this project.

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.

Aircraft Engines
Attitude Determination and Control
Guidance, Navigation, and Control
Integrated Robotic Concepts and Systems
Launch and Flight Vehicle
Operations Concepts and Requirements
Power Management and Distribution
Simulation Modeling Environment
Testing Facilities
Testing Requirements and Architectures

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