SBIR 95-1 SOLICITATION
NEUROCONTROL FOR AN AIR BREATHING ROCKET PROPULSION SYSTEMS
It is proposed to verify the feasibility and estimate the performance of a
neural propulsion control system for an air breathing rocket. A Decentralized /
hierarchical control system will be developed with separate neural or classical
controllers for the air liquefacation and enhancement system, the turborocket
operating in its turbojet mode, and the turborocket operating in its rocket mode;
and a hierarchical controller to coordinate the ALES and turbojet controllers.
This system will be designed to maximize oxygen collection and turbojet
performance while minimizing fuel usage and water vapor and carbon dioxide
contaminants in the collected oxygen. Furthermore, neural/adaptive techniques
will be employed to compensate for unknown atmosphere characteristics.
Potential Commercial Applications:
The proposed research program is designed to lead into a Phase III flight test
program in which an air liquefacation and enhancement system equipped with
our neurocontrols, will be flight tested. Possible experimental testbeds include
AAC LoFlyte neurocontrols testbed aircraft as well as experimental packages
aboard X-33 and X-34 test flights.
Name and Address of Offeror:
Accurate Automation Corporation
7001 Shallowford Road
Chattanooga, TN 37421
Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) &
Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) Programs
Electronic Management System (EMS)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
The SBIR/STTR EMS site is maintained by Steve
Hu, Hughes STX.
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Updated: Feb. 7, 1996