TABLE 3-1 Prioritization of R&T Challenges for Area A: Aerodynamics and Aerocoustics

 

 

 

Strategic Objective

National Priority

Why NASA?

Why NASA Composite Score

NASA Priority Score

 

 

 

Capacity

Safety and Reliability

Efficiency and Performance

Energy and the Environment

Synergies with Security

Support to Space

Supporting Infrastructure

Mission Alignment

Lack of Alternative Sponsors

Appropriate Level of Risk

R&T Challenge

Weight

5

3

1

¼ each

A1

Integrated system performance through novel propulsion–airframe integration

9

3

9

9

9

9

132

3

9

3

9

6.0

792

A2

Aerodynamic performance improvement through transition, boundary layer, and separation control

9

3

9

9

3

3

120

3

9

3

9

6.0

720

A3

Novel aerodynamic configurations that enable high performance and/or flexible multimission aircraft

9

3

9

9

3

1

118

3

9

3

9

6.0

708

A4a

Aerodynamic designs and flow control schemes to reduce aircraft and rotor noise

9

1

3

9

3

1

90

3

9

3

9

6.0

540

A4b

Accuracy of prediction of aerodynamic performance of complex 3-D configurations, including improved boundary layer transition and turbulence models and associated design tools

3

3

9

3

3

3

72

9

9

3

9

7.5

540

A6

Aerodynamics robust to atmospheric disturbances and adverse weather conditions, including icing

9

9

3

1

9

1

112

3

9

3

3

4.5

504

A7a

Aerodynamic configurations to leverage advantages of formation flying

3

1

9

9

3

1

78

3

9

9

3

6.0

468

A7b

Accuracy of wake vortex prediction, and vortex detection and mitigation techniques

9

9

3

1

1

1

104

3

9

3

3

4.5

468

A9

Aerodynamic performance for V/STOL and ESTOL, including adequate control power

9

3

3

1

3

1

76

3

9

3

9

6.0

456

A10

Techniques for reducing/mitigating sonic boom through novel aircraft shaping

3

1

3

9

3

1

60

9

9

3

9

7.5

450

A11

Robust and efficient multidisciplinary design tools

3

3

9

9

3

3

90

3

9

3

3

4.5

405

A12

Accurate predictions of thermal balance and techniques for the reduction of heat transfer to hypersonic vehicles

1

1

3

1

9

9

40

9

9

3

9

7.5

300

A13

Low-speed takeoff and landing flight characteristics for access-to-space vehicles

1

3

1

1

3

9

38

3

9

9

9

7.5

285

A14

Efficient control authority of advanced configurations to permit robust operations at hypersonic speeds and for access-to-space vehicles

1

1

3

1

9

9

40

3

9

3

9

6.0

240

A15

Decelerator technology for planetary entry

1

1

1

1

3

9

28

3

9

9

9

7.5

210

A16

Low-Reynolds-number and unsteady aerodynamics for small UAVs

1

1

3

1

9

3

34

3

9

3

9

6.0

204

A17

Low-drag airship designs to enable long-duration stratospheric flight

1

3

1

3

9

1

42

3

3

3

9

4.5

189

A18

Prediction of communication capability through reentry trajectory and techniques to mitigate impact of communication blackouts

1

1

1

1

9

9

34

3

9

3

3

4.5

153

A19

Aircraft protective countermeasures based on a range of small deployed air vehicles

1

3

1

1

9

1

36

3

3

3

3

3.0

108



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