FLIGHTSTREAM® AT AIAA AVIATION 2022 CONFERENCE

JUNE 2022

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The FlightStream® team will be present at the AIAA AVIATION 2022 conference in Chicago, from June 27-July 1, 2022. Visit us at the Research in Flight booth (#401) in the industry expo section of the conference. We will be showcasing the latest FlightStream features, as well as sharing details about our new development plans, applications and career oppurtunities.

Watch this space for more updates from the conference!

FLIGHTSTREAM® SPONSORS THE 34TH MARINE HYDRODYNAMICS CONFERENCE

JUNE 2022

The FlightStream® team is sponsoring the 34th Marine Hydrodynamics conference hosted at the George Washington University in Washington, DC, USA. The conference will be held from Sunday, June 26th through Friday, July 1st, 2022. The Symposium is co-sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) and The George Washington University. The FlightStream team will be present with a exposition booth to demonstrate the latest FlightStream features for the marine hydrodynamics industry.

Watch this space for more updates from the conference!

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FLIGHTSTREAM® AT AIAA SCITECH 2022 CONFERENCE

december 2021

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The FlightStream® team will be present at the AIAA SciTech 2022 conference in San Diego, California, from January 3-7, 2022. Visit us at the Research in Flight booth (#320) in the industry expo section of the conference. We will be showcasing the latest FlightStream features, as well as sharing details about our new development plans, applications and career oppurtunities.

research in flight PARTNERS WITH UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY FOR
U.S. AIR FORCE CONTRACT TO take FLIGHTSTREAM® SUPERSONIC

nOVEMBER 2021

Research in Flight's proposal, "A Multi-Fidelity Supersonic Flow Solver for Preliminary Design & Optimization", has been awarded by the United States Air Force as part of the AFWERX STTR contract. 

Research in Flight is partnered with Utah State University on developing this new supersonic flow enhancement for its FlightStream flow solver. This joint proposal is geared towards attaining the desired capability of physics-based methods that are higher fidelity models relative to empirical methods, yet computationally efficient and suitable to the conceptual design phase. The new supersonic solver is expected to be used by USAF and DoD customers, as well as industry airplane manufacturers in the emerging supersonic commercial and business jet markets. 

The Utah State University partners are being led by Dr. Douglas Hunsaker and his graduate students. The FlightStream principal investigators include Dr. Vivek Ahuja and Dr. Roy Hartfield. The Phase I activity is expected to finish in February 2022 which will result in the initial prototype solver being developed. In the follow-on Phase II, this capability will be commercialized in the FlightStream flow solver for industry and academic customers.

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research in flight PARTNERS WITH BLUEFLITE & AUBURN UNIVERSITY FOR
U.S. AIR FORCE CONTRACT TO BUILD A UNMANNED e-VTOL CARGO DRONES

january 2021

Research in Flight's partnered with Blueflite and Auburn University Vehicle Systems Dynamics and Design Laboratory (VSDDL) on a joint contract awarded by the United States Air Force as part of the AFWERX STTR activity, to develop an unmanned eVTOL cargo drone. 

The BlueFlite principal investigators included Dr. James McClearen and Frank Knoppel. Auburn University partners are being led by Dr. Imon Chakraborty. The FlightStream principal investigators include Dr. Vivek Ahuja and Dr. Roy Hartfield. The Phase I activity was successfully accomplished in August 2021 and resulted in the conceptual design of the the new unmanned cargo vehicle. Blueflite is now spearheading the commercialization of this vehicle as part of their product portfolio.

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research in flight selected for nasa sttr phase ii
GUST ENCOUNTER & TURBULENCE MODELING OF URBAN AIR MOBILITY VEHICLES

december 2020

Research in Flight's proposal, "Air Vehicle Gust Response Analysis for Early Design", has been selected for the next phase of work in the NASA STTR Phase II awards for 2019. The lead agency supervising this acivity is NASA Ames Research Center in California.  

Research in Flight (RIF) and Auburn University VSDDL are developing an advanced, robust tool and methodology that allow the simulation and modeling of gust and wake vortex encounters for Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP) enabled Urban Air Mobility (UAM) vehicle concepts. These new tools will enable the study of these encounters in much greater detail and with greater fidelity in the earlier phases of the vehicle design. This will allow potential shortcomings in vehicle designs to be identified earlier in the design cycle and, if necessary, mitigated using gust load alleviation solutions.

In Phase I of this effort, FlightStream® was used to analyze the aero-propulsive characteristics of a representative tandem tilt-wing/rotor UAM concept in both steady and unsteady flow conditions. A MATLAB/Simulink-based simulation framework called Controls and Load Alleviation Simulation Platform (CLASP) was developed to permit time-domain closed-loop simulation of aircraft flight dynamics and structural dynamics during gust and turbulence encounters. This new Phase II effort will build on the Phase I achievements by enhancing the fidelity of underlying analyses as well as extending their applicability to vertical flight. The end result of Phase II will be a unique, integrated, robust, modular, and commercial simulation and analysis capability that is an enabler for practitioners in the aerodynamics, structures, and control domains.

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research in flight selected for
nasa transformational tools & technologies program

july 2018

Research in Flight's proposal, "Modular Generalized Framework for Assessing Aircraft Aero-Propulsive, Stability, and Control Characteristics", has been selected for negotiation of award in the prestigious Transformational Tools & Technologies Project of the NASA Transformative Aeronautics Concepts Program, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. 

Research in Flight and Auburn University, Alabama, are offering a physics-based, high-fidelity conceptual design framework to the design-defining problem of modeling the stability and control characteristics on unconventional geometries in the emerging Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) industries. This joint proposal is geared towards attaining the desired capability of physics-based methods that are higher fidelity models relative to empirical methods, yet computationally efficient and suitable to the conceptual design phase of unconventional aircraft in the UAM, DEP and UAS communities. Upon completion, the proposed research is expected to contribute significantly towards conceptual design phase modeling, simulation, and analysis capabilities of the flight dynamics, stability, and control characteristics of unconventional fixed-wing designs.

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FLIGHTSTREAM® AT AIAA B2B STARTUP SHOWCASE

aPRIL 2018

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FlightStream®, was showcased at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Beyon B2B Startup Showcase as one of eleven highly promising new technologies for the aerospace and automotive industries. This startup showcase highlights the newest, most exciting innovations in aerospace from entrepreneurs from aerospace and other industry sectors.

Roy Hartfield from Research in Flight pitched the FlightStream® vision to an audience of aerospace industry pioneers, investors, engineers and enthusiasts. A lively Q&A session followed the presentation where Roy explained the amazing potential unlocked by FlightStream for the emerging Urban Air Mobility (UAM), Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and the emerging Automotive CFD needs for external aerodynamics.

FlightStream received acclaim and was judged as one of the top new enabling technologies for the aerospace industry.

The Future of Aerospace: AIAA Beyond B2B Startup Showcase

AACHEN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS win second position in nasa/dlr challenge

august 2017

Aerospace Engineering students at Aachen University, Germany, used FlightStream® to generate a compelling entry for the DLR/NASA Design Challenge, held this summer. The competition called for design proposals for quieter flying and efficient supersonic jets. The participating student team in Germany chose the "Revolutionary quiet and low-emission flying" category for their submission.

The objectives of this entry are described by the DLR/NASA Challenge thus:  "Climate change and society's ever-increasing demand for mobility present major challenges for today's aviation industry. Ambitious goals in Europe and the United States are looking into the technical limits for low emissions, less noise and greater efficiency in passenger air transport. To reconcile long-term continuous growth and environmental compatibility, the technical limits must be exceeded. The competition calls for revolutionary new ideas – from aircraft to propulsion technology concepts."

The Aachen students used FlightStream® as their primary flow solver to evaluate external aerodynamics much faster than any CFD solver would have been able to, whilst generating equal or better accuracy on the flow results. This is particularly remarkable, considering that the students learned to use FlightStream® during their design efforts!

The team won second place in the competition, ahead of many entries in the competition. A copy of the student design report can be downloaded from the event link.

We at Research in Flight are proud of these students in their accomplishments on such short notice. The final report was submitted in June, 2017, and results are expected in autumn. More details on their submission will follow after the end of the competition.

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FLIGHTSTREAM® AT EAA AIR-VENTURE OSHKOSH

JULY 2017

DARCorporation will showcase FlightStream® at the EAA Air-Venture Oshkosh 2017!

Come visit the DARCorporation booth and talk to the engineers about FlightStream®. See a demo of how it works. Learn more about how it can help your applications! Request your copy of FlightStream® at the event and learn about how we support our users on this revolutionary new solver!

DARCorporation will be showcasing FlightStream® during the entire event from July 23 to July 29, 2017.

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DARCORPORATION BECOMES FLIGHTSTREAM® RESELLER

JULY 2017

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FlightStream®, developed by Research in Flight, will be sold and supported by DARcorporation. FlightStream® will be demonstrated at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh.

FlightStream® is a high fidelity aerodynamics tool perfectly suited for the aircraft designers. Users can easily surface mesh their CAD models with the integrated meshing tool. The unique vorticity based flow solver, which uses only a surface mesh, produces accurate solutions in a fraction of the time required by full volume mesh CFD solvers. The FlightStream® solver can model aircraft, propellers, high-lift devices and jet engine effects. The intuitive user interface, utility of the meshing tool and robustness of the flow solver allow users of all skill levels to obtain accurate aerodynamic results quickly and easily.

What sets FlightStream® apart from similar software is its accuracy. To ensure accuracy and reliability, extensive validation has been performed using peer reviewed wind tunnel data. Comparing FlightStream® results with experimental data for all types of configurations and flight conditions has successfully validated its solutions.

"Research in Flight is excited to join forces with DARcorporation in bringing to market a new paradigm in numerical aerodynamics." - Roy Hartfield, Co-Founder, Research in Flight.

We started our own development of a high-speed accurate CFD tool, but when we evaluated FlightStream® we knew this is the tool to use for fast aerodynamic analysis and design. The next logical step was to become a reseller.” – Willem Anemaat, President, DARcorporation

(Source: DARcorporation news release. Image provided)

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA STUDENTS USE FLIGHTSTREAM®

aPRIL 2017

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Aerospace Engineering students at the University of Virginia, USA, used FlightStream® to generate a compelling entry for the annual Design Competition. The students used FlightStream® as their primary subsonic flow solver to evaluate external aerodynamics much faster than any CFD solver would have been able to, whilst generating equal or better accuracy on the flow results. More details to follow.

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AUBURN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS USE FLIGHTSTREAM®

aPRIL 2017

Aerospace Engineering students at Auburn University, used FlightStream® to generate a very competitive entry for American Institute of Aeronautics and astronautics (AIAA) Design Build Fly (DBF) competition, held April 20-24, 2017. The competition called for design, construction and competitive flying of tube stowed unmanned aircraft. The Auburn University team chose a conventional design, generated in FlightStream.

The Auburn University students used FlightStream® as their primary flow solver to evaluate external aerodynamics and were able to iterate on their design at a very agile pace while including a more comprehensive study of the aerodynamics than would have been possible with more involved volumetric CFD method. The initial report from the students finished 7TH out of 97 teams and in the final competition, the students finished in the top 25. Research in Flight is proud to support these students in this very competitive event.

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RESEARCH IN FLIGHT RECEIVES S.B.I.R. PHASE-II FROM NASA

march 2017

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Research in Flight has been awarded a two-year SBIR Phase-II contract by NASA to develop advanced, proprietary flow-separation and particle shedding capabilities into the company's flagship software, FlightStream®. Research in Flight developed these new approaches as part of the SBIR Phase-I work and resulted in a working prototype that used FlightStream® as the flow solver behind a revolutionary vortex shedding approach to flow separation. The Phase-II work is designed to convert this prototype into commercial reality over a two-year period. Numerous added capabilities are also on the list to be added to FlightStream® as by-products of the Phase-II work's overarching objectives. Research in Flight expects to roll out a new version of the FlightStream® solver with these enhanced capabilities in early 2018. 

RESEARCH IN FLIGHT RECEIVES S.B.I.R. PHASE-I FROM NASA

july 2016

Research in Flight has been awarded a six-month SBIR Phase-I contract by NASA to investigate and develop advanced, flow-separation and high-lift modeling into the company's flagship software, FlightStream®. Research in Flight will develop these capabilities as part of the evolutionary enhancements being fed into the FlightStream® flow solver. The Phase-I work is scheduled to begin shortly and is awarded for a six-month duration, ending with a final report on the company's investigation and prototype results, to NASA Langley Research Center, in December, 2016. 

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UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA STUDENTS USE FLIGHTSTREAM®

aPRIL 2016

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Aerospace Engineering students at the University of Virginia, USA, used FlightStream® to generate a compelling entry for the annual Design Competition. The students used FlightStream® as their primary subsonic flow solver to evaluate external aerodynamics much faster than any CFD solver would have been able to, whilst generating equal or better accuracy on the flow results. More details to follow.

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RESEARCH IN FLIGHT RECEIVES S.B.I.R. PHASE-I FROM NASA

july 2015

Research in Flight has been awarded a six-month SBIR Phase-I contract by NASA to investigate and develop an integration for the NASA Numerical Propulsion System Simulation (NPSS), into the company's flagship software, FlightStream®. Research in Flight will develop these capabilities as part of the multidisciplinary enhancements being fed into the FlightStream® flow solver. The Phase-I work is scheduled to begin shortly and is awarded for a six-month duration, ending with a final report on the company's investigation and prototype results, to NASA Glenn Research Center and NASA Langley Research Center, in December, 2015. Research in Flight expects to roll out the NPSS toolbox as part of FlightStream® for commercial users in the summer of 2016.

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