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Molecular optical air data system (MOADS) prototype II
Author(s): Christopher B. Watkins; Charles J. Richey; Pete Tchoryk Jr.; Greg A Ritter; Michael T. Dehring; Paul B. Hays; Carl A Nardell; Russell Urzi
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Paper Abstract

The Molecular Optical Air Data System (MOADS) is a compact instrument designed to measure aircraft airspeed as well as the density of the air surrounding the aircraft. Other air data products provided by the instrument include density altitude, angle of attack (AOA), angle of side-slip (AOS), and Mach number. MOADS is a direct-detection LIDAR that measures these air data products from fringe images derived from a Fabry-Perot etalon. Determination of airspeed and direction is achieved through three telescopes that view a fixed air volume ahead of the aircraft turbulent flow field. This method reduces the measurement error as compared to traditional measurements made from within this turbulent region. As a direct detection LIDAR instrument, MOADS is capable of collecting both molecular and aerosol LIDAR returns, which allows operation in clear air as well as in aerosol-filled atmospheric regions. A second prototype was designed, built and tested. This MOADS prototype has been validated in a laboratory wind tunnel. Presented here are the airflow velocity measurement results from ground testing and vibration test measurements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5412, Laser Radar Technology and Applications IX, (13 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.541386
Show Author Affiliations
Christopher B. Watkins, Michigan Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Charles J. Richey, Michigan Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Pete Tchoryk Jr., Michigan Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Greg A Ritter, Michigan Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Michael T. Dehring, Michigan Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Paul B. Hays, Michigan Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Carl A Nardell, Michigan Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Russell Urzi, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5412:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications IX
Gary W. Kamerman; Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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