IPPT PAN have started research work in the project "Application of the AIA concept (Adaptive Impact Absorption) in aeronautical and space engineering, AIA-AERO" within the programme "TANGO 2". This work is supported by the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBiR). This is the second edition of the only initiative in Poland that supports the practical application of fundamental research results.

TANGO is modelled on the Proof of Concept programme of the European Research Council (ERC). The Project Leader in TANGO 2 may be a person who previously led a basic research project or acted as the main contractor, supervisor or academic tutor in such project, but in this case only with the consent of the Project Leader.

The implementation of research funded under TANGO 2 takes place in two phases: conceptual and R&D. The first phase involves the creation of the concept of the economic use of research results. In this phase it is necessary to find a partner interested in the implementation of the outcome or in co-funding the R&D phase, secure the rights to IP protection of research results and conduct market analyses to diagnose the need to solve the subject of the project. The R&D phase includes the implementation of industrial research and/or development.

The research team from IPPT PAN will consist of: prof. Jan Holnicki-Szulc, dr Cezary Graczykowski, dr Łukasz Jankowski, dr Zbigniew Wołejsza, dr Krzysztof Kaźmierczak, Rami Faraj, Ewa Osuch-Rak, all from Department of Intelligent Technologies.

The goal of the project in IPPT PAN is to use the AIA techniques in order to demonstrate applications for the purpose of stabilizing the dynamic response of structures in aviation and space engineering. In the field of aviation engineering, a demonstrator of the safe landing system AIA-SBL will be designed, executed, and tested, in the form of a shock absorber for the drop capsule (landing without a parachute). The SBL will be used for delivering aid resources by various types of rescue and courier services: GOPR, WOPR, Fire Brigades, Border Guard, captain’s mail) in hard-to-reach areas.
In the field of space engineering, a demonstrator of effective impact absorption, vibration damping, and stabilization of the dynamic response of flexible satellite structures (AIA-SAT) will be designed, executed, and tested.

Two concepts for impact absorption and vibration damping, developed and improved within the framework of an earlier project:
A) Adaptive inerter for use in SBL and space systems, for local absorption of kinetic impact energy at the source, at the place of its application;
B) PAR technique for damping the natural vibrations of flexible satellite structures, subjected to impact forcing can be realized using adaptive structural nodes, equipped with piezo-couplings, switched from a frame form to a lattice form and vice versa, in accordance with a precise PAR algorithm.

Implementation of the AIA-SBL is planned on the basis of cooperation with CBR Aero-Kros in order to test it as a tool for realization of specialized rescue and courier services. The AIA-SAT system is planned to be implemented in cooperation with TAS. Due to the specific character of this solution, which must be installed directly on a satellite, the process of implementing the research results will be much longer.

The project will last for 30 months.