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Dr. Wright and Team Secure NASA Grant

May 2, 2014 — The Phase II follow-on to the NASA grant for the fly eye sensor was awarded.  This is the project to create a specialized vision sensor that can measure wing deflection for aircraft; we’re adapting a version of the fly eye vision sensor for this purpose. It’s a $275k award, shared with NASA Ames.  The UW portion is $137k from May 1, 2014 through October 31, 2015.  From the award message:


“Every proposal was reviewed by at least three reviewers.  This was a very competitive solicitation and the review panel recommended many proposals as worthy of funding to the NARI Oversight Committee.  The Oversight Committee, consisting of senior Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) officials, reviewed the list taking into consideration the potential value of the recommended proposals to ARMD and ARMD's portfolio, and selected 8 proposals to be awarded for Phase II research.”


As part of this new award, a flight test is being planned where the sensor will be used to measure wind deflection of a UAV undergoing various maneuvers.


ECE grad students who have worked on this project are: Rob Streeter (now at the UAV research lab at USAFA), Md. Arif Khan (about to start his PhD studies in the Fall), and just joining the team is Garrett Zans, who is beginning his M.S. Fall 2015(Garrett is also one of UW’s star track and field athletes).  The PI for the grant is Dr. Cameron Wright, PE.

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