IC²'s Approach to Innovation

With a deep knowledge of aerospace test and over two decades of research and rigorous testing, IC² delivers scientific-grade precision sensors that push the envelope of aerospace measurement accuracy and performance.

Precision Sensor Expertise

IC² brings over 20 years of experience in developing precision sensors for aerospace measurements. With a team of in-house sensor developers, we use industry-proven development techniques to maximize performance.  We leverage application-specific transduction methods, rather than a one size fits all approach. This means the best method is chosen for a target application and measurement need.  Sometimes the demands of the operating environment (such as ultra-high temperatures) call for optical transduction, while in other applications, capacitive or piezoelectric transduction yields the best performance.  Our versatility and experience in these and other techniques ensure that you are getting the optimal sensor for your application.

silicon mems wafer under microscope.jpgIC² employs MEMS manufacturing and micromachining to produce our sensors.  When used skillfully, MEMS can maximize performance, spatial resolution and consistency (for sensor-to-sensor matching).  Our micromachining employs:

  • thin-films for increasing bandwidth and dynamic range
  • photolithographically-defined features for precision, uniformity and high spatial resolution.
  • backside contacts and advanced packaging techniques to enable truly flush-mounted sensors that are hydraulically smooth for minimal flow disturbance.

All our sensors are then put through a rigorous characterization process, including careful calibration, environmental testing and high-fidelity ground and flight testing in operational environments.

Deep Aerospace Test Background

wind tunnel  testing hero.jpgIC² leverages internal domain expertise in fluid dynamics, aerodynamics & aeroacoustics test when developing new sensors. Our team is actively engaged in the aerosciences research community, continually learning from the latest research in academia and across the industry, in addition to leading and sharing our own research and findings.  Members of our team contribute to technical working groups and standards committees across the aerospace and measurement technology industries. IC² regularly partners with industry leaders in aerospace vehicle development and testing and works closely with key government R&D labs across NASA and DOD to address the most critical measurement gaps of today and continue to push the state of the art in precision sensing.

Scientific-Grade Measurement Tools

DirectShear system direct shear stress sensor.jpgThe end result of this combination of precision sensor expertise and deep aerospace test knowledge is a suite of scientific-grade measurement tools that offer higher bandwidth, greater dynamic range, increased accuracy and precision, and better spatial resolution than the competition; all designed explicitly for the challenging environment of aerospace measurements.


Along the way to developing breakthrough performance, IC² and our partners have come up with some great ideas.  IC² has patents pending for in-house sensor, microfabrication and packaging technologies, and licenses related patents from our partners. 

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Great sensors start with great teams. We are fortunate to work with outstanding partners across the aerospace industry, academia and the federal R&D sector. Learn more about the partners we work with to deliver precision sensors to the aerospace industry.

Meet Our Partners