Subminiature Air Data Boom for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

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Flight test engineers, avionics designers, and technicians can now more accurately monitor airspeed, altitude, angle of attack, and angle of sideslip on small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The SpaceAge Control 101100 subminiature air data boom and customized derivatives provide air data sensors that meet the small size and mass requirements of todays small UAVs.

Two 101100 subminiature air data booms (one on each wingtip) on the NASA Langley S2 air vehicle used for

Flight test engineers, avionics designers, and technicians can now more accurately monitor airspeed, altitude, angle of attack, and angle of sideslip on small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The SpaceAge Control 101100 subminiature air data boom and customized derivatives provide air data sensors that meet the small size and mass requirements of todays small UAVs.

The 101100 boom, which is the world's smallest flight test air data boom, was initially used by NASA Langley Research Center to support "refuse to crash" research efforts. Two 101100 booms are mounted on an S2 aircraft, one boom on each wingtip. The S2 is roughly equivalent to a 1/24th scale L-1011 transport aircraft. At 18.5 inches long, 0.50 inches in diameter, and only .22 pounds, the 101100 boom is a breakthrough in miniaturization with potential applications on vehicles of any size.

The 101100 boom includes:

  •      Pitot (total) and static pressure ports
  •      Angle of attack and angle of sideslip sensors with voltage divider outputs
  •      18.50-inch (469.9-mm) length
  •      0.60-pound (272 g) mass
  •      -65° to +125° C (-85° to +257° F) operating temperature range
  •      Mounting features ideal for small uavs, very light aircraft, scale model aircraft, and lighter-than-air vehicles

The 101100 boom is the latest in a series of small air data products now available from SpaceAge Control. SpaceAge Control first focused on the UAV market in 1987 with the introduction of the 100400 mini air data boom. The 101100 boom is shipping with a 30-day lead time.

Established in 1968, SpaceAge Control is an ISO9001:2000/AS9100B-compliant company leading the air data and displacement sensing industries with stock and engineered-to-order products. Located in Palmdale, California USA, SpaceAge Control's high-precision and durable products are used by over 200 companies spanning the globe including aircraft manufacturers, racing teams, vehicle manufacturers, and motion control-oriented OEMs.

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         o Photo caption is "Two 101100 subminiature air data booms (one on each wingtip) on the NASA Langley S2 air vehicle used for "refuse to crash" research.".

         o Photo caption is "3D CAD image of the 101100 subminiature air data boom shown with optional air temperature sensor.".

         o Photo caption is "Final inspection line for the 101100 subminiature air data boom".

         o Photo caption is "Photo showing small size of the 101100 subminiature air data boom".

Editorial Contact:
Tom Anderson, Operations
SpaceAge Control, Inc.
38850 20th Street East
Palmdale, CA 93550 USA
661-273-3000 Ext. 102
661-273-4240 (fax)

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