Sensor Will Also Provide Complete Air Data Solution and is Based on Company’s Wind LIDAR Technology
Michigan Aerospace Corporation, an advanced engineering and products company, today announced that it has been selected to receive a NASA Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract to develop a Molecular Air Data Clear Air Turbulence (MADCAT) sensor. This effort is based on Michigan Aerospace’s extensive heritage developing and deploying atmospheric Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) systems. The goal of the effort is to develop compact instrumentation capable of identifying areas of clear air turbulence along an aircraft’s flight path so that mitigating measures can be taken. In addition, the instrumentation will be capable of providing a complete air data solution. Turbulence and air data system problems can result in aircraft damage, injury or loss of life.