Any mission which would involve scientific research could benefit from this system. Examples would include but not be limited to missions with LIDAR payloads, IR/EO camera payloads, hyperspectral imaging payloads, science analysis of atmospheric data collection, and any remote UAV sensing application for which reaching a location is not time sensitive, but rather battery/payload sensitive. Numerous unmanned and manned atmospheric flight vehicles at NASA could integrate this software and potentially greatly increase mission range and endurance.
A few potential applications for the use of SoarSim at Swift Engineering are as follows: - X-blade (Swift's flagship UAV development platform) - Northrop Grumman Bat (designed and manufactured by Swift) - General military UAV flight planning tool Other general applications of the methods developed by the SoarSim research could potentially be applied in future research in underwater glider flight planning. Just as the atmosphere possesses areas of free energy that can be exploited, so does the ocean. Long endurance underwater gliders could exploit this just as sailplanes already do in the air. Private pilots could also potentially utilize this software for increased fuel economy. For a general aviation, light single-engine airplane pilot who flies regularly from Point A to Point B, SoarSim could prove to be a valuable tool. If these pilots do not mind adding a few minutes to their flight time, they could save money while reducing their emissions impact. By using the SoarSim app, they can plan their flight such that they are aloft for 15 minutes longer than the direct route, but burn 40% less fuel. SoarSim also increases the safety of a flight by enhancing situational awareness of the vertical motion of the atmosphere.