Thirty years ago, Design, Analysis and Research Corporation (DARcorporation) was incorporated by Dr. Jan Roskam and Willem Anemaat. In April 1991, we moved into an office and employed two full time engineers and three KU student interns. The company’s primary purpose was to develop and market the Advanced Aircraft Analysis (AAA) software on the Apollo UNIX system (now part of Hewlett Packard) and publish a series of aircraft design and analysis textbooks by Dr. Roskam. Early development of AAA included adding Sun, Silicon Graphics, IBM RS6000 and HP to our computing platforms. In 1994, AAA was ported to PC/Windows platform and we completely rewrote the software. Today, AAA is installed in 58 countries and is a valued aircraft design and analysis tool for industry, government and academia all over the world.
In 2004, Willem (President) and MaryJo Anemaat (Vice President) purchased DARcorporation and Jan Roskam became an advisor/consultant, continuing today, even after formally retiring in 2019.
Today, DARcorporation employs over 20 full time engineers and continues to support KU aerospace students with internships. In 2019, we moved into a 17,000 ft2 facility that includes a 5,000 ft2 shop for aircraft, drone and wind turbine prototyping and manufacturing, a 510 ft2 avionics lab and a 3,700 ft2testing lab that includes a 466 ft2 anechoic chamber for acoustic testing.
In addition to the Advanced Aircraft Analysis (AAA) continuing development, we also distribute four other software programs for the aircraft industry and offer consulting services that include aircraft, propeller/ducted fan and wind turbine design and analysis, flight testing, wind tunnel testing, prototyping & manufacturing, wind tunnel models, test stands and 3-D printing.
Through the years, DARcorporation engineers have strived to advance the aerospace industry with innovative research and testing. There are many plans in place to add new services and expansion to our facilities. We are excited to see what the next 30 years will bring.