Conceptual Research Corporation (CRC) is an aerospace design and research company with a primary focus
on the conceptual design of aircraft and spacecraft. CRC can develop a vehicle concept
to your requirements, analyze and optimize it, and then bring it
to reality through a multi-company partnership. CRC also provides engineering design reviews, methods
development, and training in aerospace vehicle design, and markets the
RDS-Professional aircraft design software. CRC is led by industry veteran
Dr. Daniel P. Raymer, well-known aircraft designer and author of
the leading aircraft design textbook. |
CRC services include:
Conceptual Research Corporation is located and incorporated in the State of California, in the Los Angeles area near LAX. In addition to its own office space, CRC operates as a virtual company using partner subcontract companies and experienced consultants to accomplish the customer's objectives in a timely and innovative fashion.
Click here or on the picture for a description of some typical CRC projects.
CRC works with the customer to define system requirements, then develops one or more concepts, conducts analysis, performs optimizations, and presents design reports and briefings. Projects can range from "quick-look" feasibility studies to a substantial effort by a CRC virtual company team including CFD, structural design, FEM, subsystems design, production design, and whatever else it takes to get the design to the desired level of maturity - including flight, if funding is available!
CRC can simply do a design study for you and then "walk away." Or, it can become intimately involved in your design effort,
interacting with your program management and engineering staff at any desired level ranging from consultation, to
an active design involvement, to acting as overall program manager and "doing it all". In this case CRC will bring
together and manage an appropriate subcontractor team for the project.
CRC can help by reviewing the new idea, assessing it versus existing technologies, and identifying
likely applications. Then CRC will design one or more notional vehicle concepts and perform trade studies to determine the benefits
of the idea. CRC will also prepare a technology maturation plan to bring the idea to an acceptable
Technology Readiness Level. For a better idea of CRC's approach in such studies, see Dr. Raymer's
Advice to Inventors.
CRC provides such Red Team design reviews, giving a confidential outside review of your design concept with focus on risk reduction and design optimization. Usually these are performed on-site by CRC President Dr. Daniel P. Raymer. Other subject experts may be brought in if appropriate. Please note that if a Red Team review is desired for an overseas customer on a military or high-technology project, US State Department approval will probably be required which adds to the expense and can cause a delay while waiting for approval.
Recently Dr. Raymer performed a methodology review of a study by Bombardier which sought to determine if its Global 6000 business jet
really does have a smoother ride than its closest competitor as claimed by the marketing department. Bombardier had already performed
in-flight tests of both aircraft, but wanted outside verification of the fairness and technical accuracy of the comparison. To ensure there
would be no bias, Dr. Raymer made sure that he got paid whether the result was favorable or not! For the final answer, see the
Bombardier marketing video featuring an interview with Raymer.
Dr. Raymer recently served as expert witness/consultant in support of an aircraft design company in a lawsuit against a previous project teammate over an issue of intellectual property. Raymer reviewed all the technical data and wrote position papers which were provided to the Judge and his technical Special Master. Raymer sat next to the lead lawyer during testimony and cross-examination, passing notes with technical questions to ask of the other side's engineers and expert witness (a well-known retired Vice President of a major aerospace firm). At one point the lead lawyer told Raymer, "Thank goodness you've arrived - we knew we had the facts on our side but you've been able to pull the team together by bridging the gap between us lawyers and the engineers with all their technical talk." In the end, the technical judgment validated the positions that Dr. Raymer supported.