The Advanced Control and Evolvable Systems (ACES) group received 6 NASA Ames Technology Transfer Awards on January 19, 2017 for aircraft flight control technology development and Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellite (SPHERES) software. The awards include 2 patent awards, 2 patent application awards, and 2 software release awards.
BACKGROUND: Optimal Control Modification (OCM) is an adaptive flight control technology that has been flight validated on NASA F-18 aircraft in 2010 and 2011 at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC). Variable Camber Continuous Trailing Edge Flap is a novel flight control actuator developed in 2010 for drag minimization and aeroservoelastic control of flexible wing aircraft. Wing-shaping control using distributed propulsion is a new flight control method that leverages the future possibility of electric or hybrid distributed propulsion to change wing shape to improve fuel efficiency. Control Allocation Technique to Recover from Pilot Induced Oscillations (CAPIO) is a flight control technology that can reduce adverse effects of pilot induced oscillations caused by actuator rate saturation. Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) is a suite of free flying satellite testbeds deployed in the International Space Station for flight experimentation made available to NASA and other researchers around the U.S.
NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: Advanced Air Transport Technology (AATT) project, Advanced Air Vehicles Program (AAVP), Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD); Technology Demonstration Missions (TDM) program, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD)
TEAMS: Optimal Control Modification - Nhan Nguyen, John Burken, and Curtis Hanson; Variable Camber Continuous Aerodynamic Control Surfaces - Nhan Nguyen; Wing Shaping Using Distributed Propulsion - Nhan Nguyen, Kevin Reynolds, and Eric Ting; CAPIO - Diana Acosta, Steven Beard, Robert Craun, Gordon Hardy, Ilya Kolmanovsky, Michael Leonard, Michael Weinstein, and Yildiray Yildiz; SPHERES - Jonathan Barlow, Ken Oyadomari, and Cedric Priscal
POINT OF CONTACT: Diana Acosta - CAPIO, email@example.com; Jose Benavides - SPHERES, firstname.lastname@example.org; and Nhan Nguyen – control systems and wing-shaping technologies, email@example.com