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Riley Partners with Notre Dame for In-Flight Research


January 28, 2008 – Sturgis, MI
Faculty from the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Flow Physics and Controls Aero-Optics has contracted Riley Aviation to provide aircraft, pilots and flight time for their five-year project that initiates, records and analyses laser movement between aircraft.
With funding from a Joint Technology Office Grant administered by the Air Force, the university’s Aero-Optics group mission is to understand how the turbulence around an aircraft affects light and laser transmissions and how turbulence-imposed distortions can be corrected. The research is expected to pave the way for speed-of-light, free-space communications that would occur between aircraft, aircraft-to-ground, and aircraft-to-satellites. Ultimately, this work may lead to the use of high-speed Internet during commercial flights.
Project test flights began in September and project members face a weighty to-do list over the next five years. A new, larger wind tunnel facility is being constructed for the project and Boeing has been contracted to build parts for the aircraft testing devices. Riley Aviation’s Citation I and Citation II jets have been selected for the test flights. “We’re extremely proud to be involved with a legendary institution like Notre Dame”, stated Riley Aviation president David Riley, “and we’re happy to assist in the advancement of technology in our industry.”
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