Four Dimensional (4-D) Atmospheric and Oceanographic Instrumentation

Period of Performance: 09/11/1997 - 09/10/1999


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Zivko Aeronautics, Inc.
502 Airport Road, Hangar 6
Guthrie, OK 73044
Principal Investigator

Research Topics


In a system where multiple instruments are packaged together, a method for providing the necessary sampled material to each individual instrument must be designed. As the number instruments increases, the complexity of supplying each instrument with it's necessary input also increases. There is a specific need for the design of a universal fairing system that provide the necessary inputs for various multiple instrument packages. The phase II research will consist of the construction and evaluation of several different fairings in order to arrive at an optimized methodology for the integration of atmospheric sampling instruments into the fairing system and providing those instruments with their individual required inputs. Under the Phase II contract Zivko Aeronautics Inc. (ZAI) would design a series of instrumentation fairings for installation on a Navy Scientific Research Platform. The basic method followed in the Phase II research is an analytic system of construction, performance evaluation, and redesign. This iterative process will yield an optimized fairing/instrument integration methodology. Specific emphasis will be given to the use of computer and CNC construction methods in order to establish an efficient construction methodology for future commercialization of the fairing system. Numerous military and scientific platforms are currently equipped with several different instruments and instrument systems. The results of the phase II work could be directly to these platforms to modify the instrument systems currently in use to allow easier change-out, more diverse payload capacity and better sampling. In addition, the phase II project could open up an area of commercialized fairing construction for retrofit of existing platforms as well the development of systems for new platforms