Past Teams


Winter 2016

Samantha Chagoya and Nicholas Verity. “Turbo-Electric Compressor/Generator Using Halbach Arrays.”

Jennifer Nuñez and Lilly Ochoa. “Computation of Wing Deflection and Slope from Measured Strain.”

Rushi Shah and Ming Qiu “Sherry” Yu. “Improved Design for Propeller Based Devices.”

Computation of Wing Deflection and Slope from Measured Strain

Researchers at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center have developed a revolutionary new method to compute wing deflection and slope from measured strain of an aircraft during flight. The technology is based on a lightweight, robust fiber optic system that is small, easy to install, and fast. It offers the first-ever means of obtaining real-time strain measurements while an aircraft is in flight. Such measurements are particularly useful for real-time virtual displays of wing motion; aircraft structural integrity monitoring; and actively reducing drag, controlling flexible motion, and alleviating loads.

Fall 2015

Farah Haddad and Matthew Cui. “Auto-Tracking Antenna Platform.”

Annie Chuong and Juso Ahmetspahic. “Background Oriented Schlieren using Celestial Objects.”

Diana Torres and Aladdin Tamimi. “System and Method for Dynamic Aeroelastic Control.”

Low-Cost, Low-Power, Portable Mounting Platform for Auto-Tracking Antenna

Researchers at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center have designed an innovative antenna-mounting platform that addresses an unmet need in the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market by integrating multiple capabilities onto one low-cost platform. Capable of aiming four or more interchangeable antennas of any type, this unique continuously rotating platform is portable and can position and hold nearly 60 pounds of antennas and radios at its full rated speed, limited in number only by the size of the mounting bar installed on the platform. It is ideal for use with any moving system needing to transmit large quantities of data over one or more RF links. Possibilities include maintaining data links with UAVs and other aircraft used for academic and government research as well as communicating with marine ships in line of sight and in tracking satellites in non-geosynchronous (i.e. low-Earth) orbit. In fact, it could be used to track any line-of-sight object carrying multiple radio frequency (RF) sources which require directional antennas at one end of the link.

This technology was winner of an Outstanding Technology Development Award from the Far West Region of the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer.

Winter 2015

Kevin Bucher and Sara Uffer. “Systems and Methods for Peak-Seeking Control.”

Filippo Busalacchi and Alex Rhodes. “Method for Real-Time Structure Sensing.”

Patrick Hogan and Jennifer Jurado. “A Novel Approach to Liquid Level Sensing Using Fiber Bragg Grating Technology.”

Chris Holyfield and Julian Lugo. “Improved Ground Collision Avoidance System and Method (iGCAS).”

Improved Ground Collision Avoidance System

Researchers at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center have dramatically improved upon existing ground collision avoidance technology for aircraft. NASA’s system leverages leading-edge fighter safety technology, adapting it to civil aviation use as an advanced warning system. It offers higher fidelity terrain mapping, enhanced vehicle performance modeling, multidirectional avoidance techniques, more efficient data-handling methods, and user-friendly warning systems. The algorithms have been incorporated into an app for tablet/handheld mobile devices that can be used by pilots in the cockpit, enabling significantly safer general aviation. This will enable pilots to have access to this lifesaving safety tool regardless of what type of aircraft they are flying. The system also can be incorporated into electronic flight bags (EFBs) and/or aircraft avionics systems.

Fall 2014

Gal Bechor and Keith Brace. “Method and apparatus of multiplexing and acquiring data from multiple optical fibers using a single data channel of an optical frequency-domain reflectrometry (OFDR) system.”

Patricia Cruz and Elizabeth Romo. “Improved, Real-time, Interactive Sonic Boom Display.”

Cynthia Solis and Brian Ramirez. “NASA DFRC Core Simulation.”

Improved, Real-time, Interactive Sonic Boom Display

A series of flights, recently flown at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, featured a display that allowed NASA research pilots the ability to physically see their sonic footprint on a map as the boom occurred. The series, which marked the second phase of the Cockpit Interactive Sonic Boom Display Avionics project, or CISBoomDA, continued from the project’s first phase, where only a flight test engineer could see the display.

With the ability to observe the location of their aircraft’s sonic booms, pilots can better keep the loud percussive sounds from disturbing communities on the ground.

NASA’s supersonic research projects are helping engineers develop the means to design and build a proposed Low Boom Flight Demonstrator experimental aircraft, or X-plane, as part of the agency’s New Aviation Horizons initiative. The X-plane would be designed to demonstrate what NASA believes could be a quieter thump in place of the louder sonic boom. This could, in the future, introduce the opportunity to permit supersonic flight over land.

The display will ultimately be used to help NASA proceed with supersonic research in a way that minimizes disturbance on the ground and provides practice with the future of supersonic technology for pilots such as NASA research pilot Nils Larson.