Edmonson Receives NASA Award for IPA Research

June 16, 2008

Dr. William Edmonson, ECE Department, NC State University
Dr. William Edmonson, ECE Department, NC State University

William Edmonson has been awarded $158,958 by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for research on IPA with NASA-LaRC for William Edmonson.

The award will run from June 1st, 2008 to May 31st, 2009.

Research Abstract - There is a large amount of research and development in avionics for NASA use being done at the various NASA Centers. This work is being done by both in-house and contract effort, and is primarily focused on the particular Center's programs. Very little coordination is done between the Centers to take advantage of others experience and expertise. There needs to be a coordination of these various activities and expertise with the emphasis on solving NASA's current and future plans that require new and improved avionics devices, circuits and electronic systems. This includes space, science, and aeronautics objectives. A plan will be developed and maintained that will bring collaboration between all the NASA centers to help solve vital avionics needs at each center, and help define common objectives and goals.

The plan will result in a common direction to focus NASA's effort and resources. This will result in avionics that have greater functionality, flexibility, lower development and lifecycle costs, and promotes evolutionary design. In addition to a general roadmap for future improved avionics, each center's strategic technical challenges that require improved avionics will be documented, and enveloped into the roadmap. An example of this is the "Nine Revolutionary Technical Challenges" developed by upper management at LaRC. The benefits of this roadmap include bringing NASA avionics technology together, so that future needs can be developed more quickly and at a lower cost. Other benefits include elimination of duplicate efforts, helping NASA avionics development personnel to have knowledge of other NASA center's avionics expertise and capital equipment, and maintaining a focus on future NASA avionics needs. The specific benefits for Langley include reduced cost advanced avionics for at least five of the "9 Revolutionary Technical Challenges", as well as for space, science, and aeronautics in-house development of avionics systems.