NASA STTR 2010 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 10-2 T2.01-9953
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: Foundational Research for Aeronautics Experimental Capabilities
PROPOSAL TITLE: Robust Aeroservoelastic Control Utilizing Physics-Based Aerodynamic Sensing

NAME: Tao of Systems Integration, Inc. NAME: Regents of the University of Minnesota
STREET: 144 Research Drive STREET: 450 McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street SE
CITY: Hampton CITY: Minneapolis
STATE/ZIP: VA  23666 - 1339 STATE/ZIP: MN  55455 - 2070
PHONE: (757) 220-5050 PHONE: (612) 624-5599

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Arun Mangalam
144 Research Drive
Hampton, VA 23666 - 1339
(757) 220-5040

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 6

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
New aircraft designs depend on an integrated active approach to flight control, flutter suppression and structural mode attenuation to meet desired handling quality performance and gust load alleviation. Tao Systems will team with Professor Gary Balas at the University of Minnesota to (1) develop a robust controller that demonstrates improved aerostructural performance over current state-of-the-art techniques by utilizing a novel aerodynamic load sensor, and (2) provide a robust linear parameter varying controller that (a) requires no ad hoc methods of gain-scheduling, (b) provides robustness guarantees that more traditional methods do not offer, and (c) allows for explicit rate bounds enabling less conservative, higher performing controller designs. The benefits include improvement of aerodynamic and structural efficiency using robust aeroservoelastic control methods over a range of flight speeds, in the presence of significant turbulence.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
- X-56A, Large Transport Aircraft, ISR Platforms, Blended Wing Body

- Flight control, gust load alleviation, flutter suppression

- Reconfiguration, damage, upset recovery

- Future aircraft configurations

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
- Traditional and bio-inspired, Sensorcraft, UAVs, DARPA Vulture, Helios-like aircraft, supercavitating vehicles

- Wind turbines, ocean energy, solar panels, antennas

- Automotive vehicles, trucks

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (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.)
Air Transportation & Safety
Algorithms/Control Software & Systems (see also Autonomous Systems)
Attitude Determination & Control
Autonomous Control (see also Control & Monitoring)
Avionics (see also Control and Monitoring)
Condition Monitoring (see also Sensors)
Data Acquisition (see also Sensors)
Data Processing
Entry, Descent, & Landing (see also Planetary Navigation, Tracking, & Telemetry)
Navigation & Guidance
Positioning (Attitude Determination, Location X-Y-Z)
Recovery (see also Autonomous Systems)
Recovery (see also Vehicle Health Management)
Software Tools (Analysis, Design)
Vehicles (see also Autonomous Systems)
Verification/Validation Tools

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