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Doppler lidar system design via interdisciplinary design concept at NASA Langley Research Center: Part II
Author(s): Aaron I. Crasner; Salvatore Scola; Jeffrey Y. Beyon; Larry B. Petway
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Paper Abstract

Optimized designs of the Navigation Doppler Lidar (NDL) instrument for Autonomous Landing Hazard Avoidance Technology (ALHAT) were accomplished via Interdisciplinary Design Concept (IDEC) at NASA Langley Research Center during the summer of 2013. Three branches in the Engineering Directorate and three students were involved in this joint task through the NASA Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars (LARSS) Program. The Laser Remote Sensing Branch (LRSB), Mechanical Systems Branch (MSB), and Structural and Thermal Systems Branch (STSB) were engaged to achieve optimal designs through iterative and interactive collaborative design processes. A preliminary design iteration was able to reduce the power consumption, mass, and footprint by removing redundant components and replacing inefficient components with more efficient ones. A second design iteration reduced volume and mass by replacing bulky components with excessive performance with smaller components custom-designed for the power system. Thermal modeling software was used to run steady state thermal analyses, which were used to both validate the designs and recommend further changes. Analyses were run on each redesign, as well as the original system. Thermal Desktop was used to run trade studies to account for uncertainty and assumptions about fan performance and boundary conditions. The studies suggested that, even if the assumptions were significantly wrong, the redesigned systems would remain within operating temperature limits.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 June 2014
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9080, Laser Radar Technology and Applications XIX; and Atmospheric Propagation XI, 90800G (9 June 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2050370
Show Author Affiliations
Aaron I. Crasner, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
Salvatore Scola, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Jeffrey Y. Beyon, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Larry B. Petway, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9080:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications XIX; and Atmospheric Propagation XI
Monte D. Turner; Gary W. Kamerman; Linda M. Wasiczko Thomas; Earl J. Spillar, Editor(s)

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