Optical Ground Vibration Test System

Period of Performance: 04/29/2008 - 06/14/2010


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

CSA Engineering, Inc.
2565 Leghorn Street
Mountain View, CA 94043
Principal Investigator


CSA offers a GVT test system that can dramatically reduce down time for AFFTC aircraft. Phase I demonstrated function of critical components that enable a configuration to reduce aircraft downtime by one-half or possibly even more. This proposal offers new techniques that preserve full control of data acquisition for the existing software used by AFFTC, retains identical data quality, and enables acquisition to begin merely minutes after committing the aircraft. Similarly, aircraft may be pulled from test even more quickly. A novel sensor design was demonstrated in Phase I that enables the system without detriment to data quality. Phase II will fabricate and deliver a fully functional system, and train AFFTC personnel in its operation and maintenance.