Structural Health Monitoring Framework

Develop structural health monitoring (SHM) framework for CST vehicles, payloads and components. The framework encompasses sensors, electronics, signal processing and automatic decision making as integral part of methodologies enabling structural condition assessment, continuous monitoring, and system prognosis. It is envisioned that SHM framework will serve as a key component of a future spaceflight recorder ("black box") that reports vehicle's health information and could facilitate re-certification for the next flight. Building on SHM system knowledge and expertise obtained in 2 successful spaceflights, the research team will explore fundamental aspects of structural monitoring in space, adapt existing sensors to launch/space/reentry operation, develop compensation routines for unfavorable influences of space environment, infer signal processing schemes and automatic decision support for SHM methodologies suitable to space applications. Practical examples of SHM of space system (planned through NASA FOP or other flight opportunity) will be demonstrated and system architecture compatible with "black box" will be explored. Planned collaboration with commercial launch providers will allow to tune SHM to specific launch vehicles and/or payloads. AST GOALS: This task is aimed at improving safety and affordability of commercial spaceflights. In this capacity it supports AST's mission to ensure protection of the public and property and to carry out safety responsibilities. Safety inspection is an AST core function and as such structural health monitoring task will directly support AST's mission.


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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01678244
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Aviation Administration Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation
  • Files: RIP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2018 1:03PM