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Molecular optical air data system (MOADS) flight experiment
Author(s): Christopher B. Watkins; Charles J. Richey; Peter Tchoryk Jr.; Greg A. Ritter; Paul B. Hays; Carl Anthony Nardell; Theodore C. Willis; Russell Urzi
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Paper Abstract

The Molecular Optical Air Data System (MOADS) is a compact optical instrument that can directly measure aircraft velocity, as well as the density of the air surrounding the aircraft. From these measurements, many air data products can be determined. Successful MOADS operation has been demonstrated in the laboratory using a wind tunnel. Recently, a MOADS prototype was designed and built in order to complete an upcoming flight experiment aboard a Beechcraft King Air 300. This flight program will be a significant milestone for direct detection lidar systems configured as an air data system aboard an aircraft. The background of the technology, ground experimentation summary of results, flight experiment approach, flight prototype design, and flight experiment planning are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 August 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5086, Laser Radar Technology and Applications VIII, (21 August 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.485944
Show Author Affiliations
Christopher B. Watkins, Michigan Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Charles J. Richey, Michigan Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Peter Tchoryk Jr., Michigan Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Greg A. Ritter, Michigan Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Paul B. Hays, Michigan Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Carl Anthony Nardell, Michigan Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Theodore C. Willis, Boeing Phantom Works (United States)
Russell Urzi, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5086:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications VIII
Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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