The commercial markets have been reticent to adopt an optical air data sensor due the size, weight and power consumption factors, as well as, the single function nature of the sensor. But, the ability to condense the sensor and the offer multimode operation enables the market acceptance and ultimate sensor commercialization. The markets addressed by this multifunction sensor development are the unmanned and manned military and commercial aircraft markets. The proposed innovation may also be used in the regional jet market for new aircraft flight testing and calibration. The commercial aircraft markets include the scheduled air carrier operations and the business jet market, as well as the airport safety market.
Airspace transformation to NextGen may be significantly safer by providing additional information for kinetic air hazard detection. NASA has pioneered many innovations and improvements for wind hazard detection, warning and forecasting. This innovation enables this airspace transformation by providing wind hazard measurement and resulting real-time information for air traffic operations. This innovation will not only increase in-safety flight, but also may impact the volume of traffic able to traverse the continent due to the provision of resultant weather warnings. Also, safety of the air traffic system will be improved with the provision of a dually redundant air data system on commercial aircraft. NASA has shown the utility of lidar wind and air data measurements over the years, however, the systems have been quite cumbersome. Ophir solves this challenge by providing a redundant air data system and dual-use, kinetic air hazard monitoring system in a small size, weight and power consumption package, as well as at a low cost.