Development of a Low-Cost Instrument Landing System Calibration Platform
Award last edited on: 9/26/2022

Sponsored Program
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Principal Investigator
Carl Dietrich

Company Information

Jump Aero Inc

1108 Whippoorwill Court
Petaluma, CA 94954
   (617) 216-4032

Research Institution

Oklahoma State University

Phase I

Contract Number: FA8649-21-P-0018
Start Date: 11/19/2020    Completed: 5/19/2021
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Jump Aero has partnered with Oklahoma State University to develop an unmanned aircraft specifically to calibrate airport Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) for the FAA and DoD. In this Phase I project, Oklahoma State University will demonstrate the utility of a sensor payload capable of calibrating ILS systems on a commercial off the shelf drone platform. In parallel, Jump Aero will mature through Critical Design Review (CDR) an integrated UAS platform capable of carrying the payload for this mission that meets manned aviation design standards and has speed, range, and reliability that more closely align with mission needs.

Phase II

Contract Number: FA8649-22-P-1011
Start Date: 5/4/2022    Completed: 8/5/2023
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Jump Aero Incorporated has partnered with Oklahoma State University to develop an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) platform capable of collecting the data necessary for ILS calibration without necessitating the shutdown of the approach during calibration. This technology could reduce the cost of ILS calibration by a factor of twenty (20) and the platform could be extended as a generic NAVAID calibration platform in the future. This proposal seeks to extend the Phase I feasibility study work into a Phase II in which the system would be prototyped and flown for the first time. The capability embodied in the proposed system would be highly valued by Air Force Combat Flight Inspection and the FAA Flight Inspection Service.