TECHNOLOGY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration opens a rotary wing research project

NASAThe U.S. space agency announced it is seeking research projects associated with its subsonic rotary wing project.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate amended its original research announcement to solicit additional proposals to advance the state-of-the-art in engine compressor technology, transmission noise modeling, low-frequency noise effects and rotorcraft icing methodology.

Officials said the challenge is to "develop validated physics-based multi-disciplinary design and analysis tools for rotorcraft, integrated with technology development, enabling rotorcraft with advanced capabilities to fly as designed for any mission."

NASA said meeting that challenge will require innovative technologies and methods, with an emphasis on integrated, multi-disciplinary, first-principle computational tools specifically applicable to the unique problems of rotary wing aircraft.

Officials said they expect educational institutions, non-profit organizations and industry engaged in foundational research to become the primary award recipients of the project. NASA said additional information is available at

Source: United Press International

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