NASA SBIR 01-1 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: A5.02-8289 (For NASA Use Only - Chron: 013710 )
Flight Test Development of the X43A-LS Reusable Launch Vehicle

A vehicle for access to space with the ability to successfully takeoff from and land on a land- based runway would have a great potential for reducing the cost and enhancing the safety of space access involving a reusable launch vehicle. A significant difficulty in attaining such an ability is the need to have acceptable low-speed handling and flight characteristics. In addition, a stable and robust control system for the low-velocity (as well as for the usual high-velocity) flight regimes is required. NASA is developing the X43A hypersonic vehicle with such a vision, and is currently exploring the vehicle's high-speed characteristics in another of its programs. This Phase I proposal is to explore the vehicle's low-speed flight envelope and handling characteristics, by performing flight tests on the X43A-LS, a low speed version of the X43A already developed by AAC. This work will lay groundwork for a Phase II effort to test adaptive controller designs for the X43A, to develop a supersonic version of the vehicle, to develop an integrated health monitoring system for the vehicle's small-scale turbine engine, and to explore application of AAC's high-compression video recording technology.

The vehicle design and telemetry system will be a key part of hypersonic as well as commercial aircraft in the future. Therefore, the technology from the X-43A-LS will have a commercial use. Accurate Automation designed and supplied the X-43A data collection subsystem. The IVHS would be used on all space vehicles and for commercial aircraft in FOOQA systems. Accurate Automation is working with Rolls Royce and is talking with American and United Airlines for non engine related areas.
The area of hypersonics will be a Billion Dollar industry within 20 years. The X43ALS is a key componen for the development of reusable hypersonic systems.

NAME AND ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (Name, Organization Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)
Christopher S. Gibson
Accurate Automation Corporation
7001 Shallowford Road
Chattanooga , TN   37421 - 1716

NAME AND ADDRESS OF OFFEROR (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)
Accurate Automation Corporation
7001 Shallowford Road
Chattanooga , TN   37421 - 1716

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