Richard Drye Recognized for Supersonic Aero-optics Research
2014-08-12 14:05:55
MZA Dayton Staff Member Richard Drye was recently recognized by the AFRL Aerospace Systems Directorate (AFRL/RQ) for his work with the test team at the Trisonic Gasdynamic Facility (TGF) wind tunnel for supersonic aero-optics. Richard was the primary optical engineer for these tests, operated the high-speed wavefront sensor, and reduced all the test data. This work was part of MZA's "Turret Integration" contract with AFRL/RQ. The tests completed earlier this year were the first of their kind and provided a critical first-look at operating in this flight regime for aircraft laser systems. The tests are a key point of reference for new AFRL laser system initiatives.