CU Aerospace is concerned with aircraft safety.
Due to recent commuter aircraft accidents and the initiation of the NASA Aviation Safety Program, interest in the aircraft icing area is high. The FAA and DOD also are taking significant positions in developing aircraft icing safety technology. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) has long been active in determining the performance effects of ice accretion on aircraft and has now coupled this with UIUC expertise in aircraft controls and human factors.
Research underway will develop the technology for smart icing systems to sense the effect of ice accretion on the aircraft flying qualities and automate the ice protection, envelope protection, and control adaptation functions. CU Aerospace will continue this research with UIUC while effectively marketing the resulting technology and expertise.