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Molecular optical air data system (MOADS)
Author(s): Peter Tchoryk; Christopher B. Watkins; Scott K. Lindemann; Paul B. Hays; Carl Anthony Nardell
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Paper Abstract

The Molecular Optical Air Data System (MOADS) is a compact optical instrument that can directly measure wind speed and direction, density, and temperature of the air surrounding an aircraft. From these measurements, a complete set of air data products can be determined. Single-axis wind tunnel testing of wind speed and density has just been completed for the current prototype. These wind tunnel measurements have shown that the current prototype meets wind speed accuracy predictions and initial results from density testing indicate a high level of correlation with absolute pressure transducer measurements. A preliminary design for the next generation instrument, the Joint Optical Air Data System (JOADS), has been completed and is intended to meet Joint Striker Fighter (JSF) requirements. Work is also underway to evaluate the application of MOADS to Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs), Reusable Launch Vehicles (RLVs), helicopters and weapon systems. Extensions of MOADS technology to wind shear, gust alleviation, and clear air turbulence detection for commercial aircraft are also being pursued. The basic instrument operation, preliminary ground testing (wind tunnel) results, comparison of these results to simulations, next generation instrument capabilities, and plans for a flight demonstration are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 September 2001
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4377, Laser Radar Technology and Applications VI, (19 September 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.440108
Show Author Affiliations
Peter Tchoryk, Michigan Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Christopher B. Watkins, Michigan Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Scott K. Lindemann, Michigan Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Paul B. Hays, Michigan Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Carl Anthony Nardell, Michigan Aerospace Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4377:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications VI
Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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