Collaborative Effort with Michigan State University Will Measure Aircraft Wake Vortices at Airports

Michigan Aerospace Corporation, an advanced engineering and products company, today announced that it has been selected to receive a Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract from the National Science Foundation for a ground-based sensor array for wake vortex detection. Dr. Dominique Fourguette, Chief Technology Officer, will lead this effort, in cooperation with researchers at Michigan State University. The goal of the effort is to develop a simple, cost-effective, airport-based sensor system for the detection and characterization of wake vortices behind aircraft. These vortices force wide spacing of aircraft on landing and take-off, which restricts airport capacity, and present a significant hazard to smaller aircraft.