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Company Information:

Company Name: Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
City: Manassas
State: VA
Zip+4: 20110-
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: http://www.aurora.aero
Phone: (617) 500-0536

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $7,677,591.10 85
SBIR Phase II $24,179,085.00 36
STTR Phase I $1,563,047.00 16
STTR Phase II $7,811,287.00 11

Award List:

LOW-COST FUEL CELL PROPULSION SYSTEM FOR UNMANNED AIRCRAFT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: John S Langford
Award Amount: $50,000.00

FUEL CELL PROPULSION SYSTEM FOR A HIGH ALTITUDE RESEARCH PLATFORM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John S. Langford , President
Award Amount: $47,697.00

THESEUS: A NEW PLATFORM FOR HIGH-ALTITUDE ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Dr John S Langford
Award Amount: $50,000.00

FUEL CELL PROPULSION SYSTEM FOR A HIGH ALTITUDE RESEARCH PLATFORM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John S. Langford , President
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
The innovation proposed for development is a fuel-cell based electric propulsion system for very high-altitude aircraft. this system would potentially be capable of reaching altitudes of up to 40 km (131,000 ft) with a scientific payload in excess of 450 kg (1000 lbs). it wouldbe an attractive… More

THESEUS: A NEW PLATFORM FOR HIGH-ALTITUDE ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Dr John S Langford
Award Amount: $220,000.00
Abstract:
Recent advances in aerodynamic, structural, electronic, and propulsive technologies make possible a new generation of low-cost unmanned aircraft for atmospheric science research. the first such platform, designated perseus, is already under development as a joint effort between aurora flight… More

LIGHTWEIGHT AUTONOMOUS DROPWINDSONDE SYSTEM FOR UNMANNED AIRCRAFT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Dr. John Langford , President
Award Amount: $50,000.00

LIGHTWEIGHT AUTONOMOUS DROPWINDSONDE SYSTEM FOR UNMANNED AIRCRAFT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Dr. John Langford , President
Award Amount: $250,000.00
Abstract:
Much of the research on outstanding problems in meteorology and climate dynamics would profit greatly from the availability of inexpensive in-situ measurements of the atmosphere. the national center for atmospheric research (ncar) has developed a family of lightweight digital dropwindsondes, and… More

Low, cost dual-use platforms for environmental sensing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John S. Langford Ph.d.
Award Amount: $49,992.00

In Situ Measurements of Electric Charge Using the Perseus Unmanned Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John S. Langford
Award Amount: $49,976.00

Low, cost dual-use platforms for environmental sensing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John S. Langford Ph.d.
Award Amount: $250,000.00
Abstract:
Unmanned aircraft and lightweight instruments are a dual-use technology that offer dramatic new opportunities to both the atmospheric research community and to operational missions of the US Navy. Aurora Flight Sciences is the first company in the world to develop an unmanned aircraft, Perseus,… More

Isentropic Flight Guidance System for Unmanned Air Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dave Vos
Award Amount: $69,385.00
Abstract:
When interpreting chemical changes from measurements made on moving platforms it is important to remove signatures due to the motion of the air. This has proved difficult on existing manned aircraft such as the ER-2, necessitating post-processing of the data prior to interpretation. Digital flight… More

Low-Cost, Fault-Tolerant Controls for Unmanned Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jaun De La Cierva
Award Amount: $67,780.00

AIRBORNE SCIENCE DATA RELAY USING ORBCOMM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: John S Langford
Award Amount: $64,922.00

AIRBORNE SCIENCE DATA RELAY USING ORBCOMM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: John S Langford
Award Amount: $276,724.00
Abstract:
Atmospheric science platforms of all types require a reliable and cost-effective means of communicating with home laboratories. current satellite techniques suffer from low data rates, excessive latencies, high costs, or other complications. a new generation of low-altitude commercial data relay… More

Lightweight Autonomous Dropsonde MET Package for UAVs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John S. Langford
Award Amount: $99,714.00
Abstract:
Knowledge of the vertical profile of atmospheric parameters can be an important factor in determining the operational effectiveness of many military and civilian systems. For the past three years Aurora Flight Sciences has used support from the National Science Foundation to develop a lightweight… More

A Satellite Data Link for the Chiron Environmental Research Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Bert Hansen
Award Amount: $69,836.00
Abstract:
A versatile, low-cost satellite data link is proposed for use aboard manned or robotic environmental research aircraft. The link will allow remote users to access data aboard,the aircraft via a remote- file server, as well as to control instruments or even (with correct access privileges) the… More

Single Lever Power Control For General Aviation And Unmanned Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Russ , Aerospace Engineer
Award Amount: $69,925.00

Aerodynamics and Flight Control Design for Hovering MUAVs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Ben Motazed
Award Amount: $98,463.00
Abstract:
Aurora Flight Sciences, with expertise in designing and manufacturing low Reynolds number high-altitude aircraft, proposes to develop new aerodynamics computational tools and flight control solutions to enable the development of 15cm and smaller hovering micro unmanned aerial vehicles (MUAV)s. The… More

Single Lever Power Control For General Aviation And Unmanned Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Russ , Aerospace Engineer
Award Amount: $599,594.00

Low-Cost, Fault-Tolerant Controls for Unmanned Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jaun De La Cierva
Award Amount: $153,685.00
Abstract:
Autonomous unmanned systems require provisions for fault detection and handling. Multiply-redundant schemes typically used in aerospace applications are prohibitively expensive for general applications, especially where low cost or small size are critical. A new strategy, proposed herein, offers the… More

Airborne Tunable Differntial Absorption Lidar Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ngoc Hoang , PROJECT MANAGER
Award Amount: $69,906.00

Battery Reliability Prediction using Neural Network Methods

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Peter Bahniuk
Award Amount: $98,104.00
Abstract:
The weak link in a standby battery pack emergency system is the battery's characteristic of wearing out, even when not in use. Battery failure can result in more than downtime in a flight situation: it can imperil the mission. The common method to determine battery health was to perform load… More

Airborne Tunable Differntial Absorption Lidar Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ngoc Hoang , PROJECT MANAGER
Award Amount: $593,703.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Peter Bahniuk
Award Amount: $747,679.00

Optical TCAS For UAVs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John Langford
Award Amount: $69,842.00
Abstract:
Not Available The number and diversity of Cognitive Task Analysis (CTA) methods has grown rapidly over the past decade and continues to expand. A NATO-ONR workshop held in 1997 identified a number of issues that need to be addressed for continued growth and advancement of the CTA field. Among the… More

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Glenn Jackson, Program Manager
Award Amount: $98,923.00

Clandestine UAV for Precise Deployment of Communication/Sensor Packages

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: John Langford, President/PI
Award Amount: $749,371.00
Abstract:
In its 1999 SBIR solicitation, DARPA requested ideas for a Clandestine UAQ (CUAV) that could covertly deliver small packages in advance of military operations. Aurora Flight Sciences was awarded a Phase I contract in May 2000. During Phase I Aurora has(1) performed a range of trade studies and… More

Clandestine UAV for Precise Deployment of Communication/Sensor Packages

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: John Langford, President/PI
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
In its 1999 SBIR solicitation, DARPA requested ideas for a Clandestine UAQ (CUAV) that could covertly deliver small packages in advance of military operations. Aurora Flight Sciences was awarded a Phase I contract in May 2000. During Phase I Aurora has(1) performed a range of trade studies and… More

Improved Lifetime Performance of Nonmetallic Honeycomb Cored and Modified Aluminum Cored Honeycomb Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John Langford, Chairman/CEO
Award Amount: $99,808.00
Abstract:
"Aurora Flight Sciences of West Virginia (AWV) is small business offering a complete range of aerospace structural manufacturing capabilities in both metals and composites. Our largest customer is Northrop Grumman, for whom we manufacture flight-ratedproduction parts for such aircraft as the E8… More

Improved Lifetime Performance of Nonmetallic Honeycomb Cored and Modified Aluminum Cored Honeycomb Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kevin Uleck, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $749,984.00
Abstract:
The objective of the proposed Phase II program is to develop, refine, prove, and qualify methods, materials, and processes for the fabrication of replacement honeycomb-core bonded metal aircraft structures that have at least a 5-year lifetime under at-seaconditions. The results of the Phase I effort… More

Improved Lifetime Performance of Nonmetallic Honeycomb Cored and Modified Aluminum Cored Honeycomb Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kevin Uleck, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
The objective of the proposed Phase II program is to develop, refine, prove, and qualify methods, materials, and processes for the fabrication of replacement honeycomb-core bonded metal aircraft structures that have at least a 5-year lifetime under at-seaconditions. The results of the Phase I effort… More

Lightweight Adaptive Propeller for HALE Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Bob Minelli, Chief Engineer, GoldenEye
Award Amount: $97,327.00
Abstract:
Significant improvements in propulsion systems are necessary in order to support high altitude, long endurance (HALE) missions for airships and UAV's. One of the critical components of the propulsion system is the propeller. The proposed research will demonstrate the feasibility of producing large… More

Machining of Complex Integral Airframe Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Richard Guiler, Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Award Amount: $69,082.00
Abstract:
Currently the construction of complex aircraft structures such as the skeleton within a wing is extremely time consuming and expensive. Traditionally these structures are assemblies of sheet metal parts, machined parts and composite parts, which are bonded and riveted together. Replacing an… More

Integrated Visual and Inertial Sensor Information for Onboard Navigation (I-VISION)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: MASSACHUSETTS INST. OF TECHNOLOGY
Principal Investigator: Thomas W. Vaneck, VP, Research and Development
Award Amount: $99,964.00
RI Contact: Raymond J. Sedwick
Abstract:
Given the vulnerability of the GPS system to intentional or hostile denial of service, it is imperative that the U.S. military develop technologies that provide robust navigation solutions that do not rely on GPS data. To achieve this capability, Aurora and MIT have teamed to develop the Integrated… More

Warpage/Distortion in Machining 7050-T7451 Alloy Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jay Snider, Program Manager
Award Amount: $99,910.00
Abstract:
The machining of structures from materials such as titanium is typically accomplished using end mills and roughing 90 to 95 percent of the material to leave precise, complex features on thin walled structures. High speed machining is widely used in the manufacture of parts and reduces labor… More

Multi-Vehicle Cooperative Control for Teams of Air and Sea Vehicles Performing Littoral Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: James Paduano, Project Manager
Award Amount: $69,971.00
Abstract:
Aurora Flight Sciences proposes to apply algorithms for cooperative tasking of multiple unmanned vehicles, which have been significantly matured in UAVs, to a variety of USV littoral search, inspection, and force protection missions. Because of our mature starting point, the focus will be to… More

Bio-Inspired Sensing and Hierarchical GN&C for Traversing Urban Clutter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James Paduano, PI/PM
Award Amount: $99,975.00
Abstract:
Aurora proposes to develop a cluttered navigation and control solution, which uses specialized sensing and processing to provide commanded body rates, velocities, etc. to a traditional MAV inner-loop stability augmentation system, thus enabling the MAV to fly urban and other cluttered-environment… More

Degradable Taggant

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Joel Pedlikin, PI/PM
Award Amount: $69,983.00
Abstract:
Aurora Flight Sciences (AFS), in collaboration with the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), propose to develop a low-cost, easily deployed, degradable taggant that can be dispersed over a wide area to serve as a witness to activity in the area and for queuing of other sensors. The passive… More

Very-High-Altitude Propulsion System (VHAPS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Tim Dawson-Townsend, Program Manager
Award Amount: $98,963.00
Abstract:
There is interest in an unmanned aircraft that can be deployed to a target via unconventional means and operate at very high altitudes for very long periods of time. These aircraft are envisioned to be stored in a sealed container for many months at a time, possibly folded up, stowed or deflated in… More

Reduction of Structural Mass Fraction for Extreme Solar HALE Flying Wings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Joel Pedlikin, Program Manager
Award Amount: $98,996.00
Abstract:
Extreme HALE (high-altitude, long-endurance) aircraft typically require very long and thin wings. These super-lightweight wings tend to be highly susceptible to elastic instability (i.e., buckling). The maximum load such wings can sustain before buckling is generally much lower than the maximum… More

Rule-Based Integration of Science Data for Analysis and Display (RISDAD)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James R. Francis, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,975.00
Abstract:
In order to facilitate wider understanding and use of NASA and other scientific data sources through publicly available and familiar tools, such as the Google Maps, Payload Systems Inc. proposes to develop a flexible scientific data search, analysis and visual presentation tool suite. This suite… More

System Engineering Software Assessment Model for Exploration (SESAME)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James W. Francis, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,941.00
Abstract:
Concept phase space-systems architecture evaluations typically use mass estimates as the primary means of ranking potential mission architectures. Software does not directly have physical mass and, as a result, is often left-out of such evaluations, despite the potential of being one of the main… More

Self-Assembling Wireless Autonomous Reconfigurable Modules (SWARM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Joseph L. Parrish, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,930.00
Abstract:
Payload Systems Inc. and the MIT Space Systems Laboratory propose Self-assembling, Wireless, Autonomous, Reconfigurable Modules (SWARM) as an innovative approach to modular fabrication and in-space robotic assembly of large scale systems. Fabrication of modular components yields fabrication savings… More

MILP-Based 4D Trajectory Planning for Tactical Trajectory Management

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James D. Paduano, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,963.00
Abstract:
Aurora Flight Sciences proposes to develop specialized algorithms and software decision-aiding tools for four-dimensional (4D) vehicle-centric, tactical trajectory management (TTM), derived from algorithms developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to perform similar functions in… More

Radiation Target Area Sample Environmental Chamber (RTASEC)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Liping E. Sun, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,945.00
Abstract:
Payload Systems Inc. proposes the Radiation Target Area Sample Environmental Chamber (RTASEC) as an innovative approach enabling radiobiologists to investigate the real-time, long-term radiation effects on living cells and tissues. Most current research into radiation effects on living cultures is… More

Synchronized Position and Hold Reorient Experimental Satellites - International Space Station (SPHERES-ISS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Joseph F. Parrish, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,888.00
Abstract:
Payload Systems Inc. (PSI) and the MIT Space Systems Laboratory (MIT-SSL) propose an innovative research program entitled SPHERES-ISS that uses their satellite formation flight laboratory (Synchronized Position Hold Reorient Experimental Satellites - SPHERES), currently operating aboard the… More

Cell/Tissue Culture Radiation Exposure Facility

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Liping R. Sun, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,975.00
Abstract:
We propose the development of automated systems to improve radiobiology research capabilities at NASA Space Radiation Laboratory (NSRL) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). Current radiobiology experimentation at the NSRL is limited primarily by the amount of time required to manually move… More

Single Cell Machining

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jay Snider, Program Manager
Award Amount: $749,861.00
Abstract:
The machining of structures from materials such as titanium is typically accomplished using end mills and roughing 90 to 95 percent of the material to leave precise, complex features on thin-walled structures. High-speed machining is widely used in the manufacture of parts and reduces labor… More

Onboard Planning System for UAVs in Support of Expeditionary Reconnaissance and Surveillance (OPS-USERS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: MASSACHUSETTS INST. OF TECHNOLOGY
Principal Investigator: Olivier Toupet, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: Michael P. Corcoran
Abstract:
Aurora and MIT propose to develop the architecture, core algorithms, and human interface concepts for a multi-platform, distributed UAV team that responds to requests from field operators for intelligence support. Aurora will build on existing robust distributed tasking algorithms that have been… More

High Output Turboelectric Diesel (HOTeD)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Jeremy Hollman, Senior Propulsion Systems Engineer
Award Amount: $98,886.00
Abstract:
There is a current need for small heavy fuel engines that are light and reliable enough to be used in a variety of applications, such as UAV propulsion. The challenges for such an engine are in meeting the often stringent and competing requirements of high thermal efficiency and high power to weight… More

Synthetic Imaging Maneuver Optimization (SIMO)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Joseph Parrish, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,926.00
Abstract:
Space-based interferometry missions have the potential to revolutionize imaging and astrometry, providing observations of unprecedented accuracy. Realizing the full potential of these interferometers poses significant technological challenges, including the efficient maneuvering of multiple… More

Autonomous Control of Space Nuclear Reactors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John Merk, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,897.00
Abstract:
Nuclear reactors to support future lunar and Mars robotic and manned missions impose new and innovative technological requirements for their control and protection instrumentation. Long duration surface missions necessitate reliable autonomous operation, and manned missions impose the added… More

Lightweight Integrally Stiffened Composite Structure

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Wonsub Kim, Principle Structures Engineer
Award Amount: $141,499.00
Abstract:
Aurora's Integrally Stiffened SBCF Panel (ISSP) design and manufacturing approach is a replacement for honeycomb panels. It relies upon the unique forming capability provided by Stretch Broken Carbon Fiber (SBCF), which is unidirectional, collimated short carbon fiber filaments in a prepreg tape… More

Integrated Visual and Inertial Sensor Information for Onboard Navigation (I-VISION)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: MASSACHUSETTS INST. OF TECHNOLOGY
Principal Investigator: James D. Paduano, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $499,912.00
RI Contact: Michael P. Corcoran
Abstract:
Given the vulnerability of the GPS system to intentional or hostile denial of service, it is imperative that the U.S. military develop technologies that provide robust navigation solutions that do not rely on GPS data. To achieve this capability, Aurora and MIT have teamed to develop the Integrated… More

Onboard Planning System for UAVs in Support of Expeditionary Reconnaissance and Surveillance (OPS-USERS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLO
Principal Investigator: James Paduano, Senior Autonomy Controls Engineer
Award Amount: $499,827.00
RI Contact: Mike Corcoran
Abstract:
Aurora Flight Sciences and the MIT Aero-Astro Department have been jointly developing the human interfaces and underlying automation for a planning system that enables a field operator to command a team of UAVs to perform operations consistent with expeditionary missions. During Phase II, these… More

Low Cost, Low Weight Composite Structure using Out-Of-Autoclave (OOA) Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jay Snider II, Program Manager
Award Amount: $79,998.00
Abstract:
The increased use of composite materials in aircraft structures has provided airframe manufacturers with greater design flexibility for the production of large highly-loaded structural members with complex geometries. The main constraint on the ability to fabricate large composite aircraft… More

Very High Altitude Propulsion System (HDAT)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Timothy Dawson-Townsend, Program Manager
Award Amount: $749,897.00
Abstract:
TBDThere is interest in unmanned aircraft that can be deployed to a target via unconventional means and operate at high altitudes for extended periods. A key technology required for such an aircraft is a propulsion system capable of providing the required thrust while meeting stringent… More

Multi-Vehicle Cooperative Control for Teams of Air and Sea Vehicles Performing Littoral Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Tim Dawson-Townsend, Program Manager
Award Amount: $449,390.00
Abstract:
Aurora Flight Sciences proposes to continue its development of algorithms for the cooperative tasking of teams comprised of multiple, disparate unmanned vehicles performing a variety of littoral search, inspection, and force protection missions. Aurora will continue to address real-world issues… More

Bio-Inspired Sensing and Hierarchical GN&C for Traversing Urban Clutter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James Paduano, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,870.00
Abstract:
Aurora Flight Sciences is developing an integrated system for guidance of micro air vehicles (MAVs) through cluttered environments using vision and sonar: the Panoramic Avoidance and Navigation using OPTics Integrated with Sonar (PANOPTIS) system. The three key elements of our cluttered guidance,… More

Development of Multidisciplinary, Multi-Fidelity Analysis and Integration of Aerospace Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technolo
Principal Investigator: Antonio Abad, Autonomy & Flight Control
Award Amount: $99,939.00
RI Contact: Michael Corcoran
Abstract:
Aurora Flight Sciences, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), proposes an innovative method for representing and managing multidisciplinary design information from a wide range of analysis tools. The practical implication resulting from this novel approach is a… More

Autonomous Control of Space Nuclear Reactors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John Merk, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,862.00
Abstract:
Nuclear reactors to support future robotic and manned missions impose new and innovative technological requirements for their control and protection instrumentation. Long duration surface missions necessitate reliable autonomous operation, and manned missions impose added requirements for fail-safe… More

Synthetic Imaging Maneuver Optimization (SIMO)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Joe Parrish, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,952.00
Abstract:
Aurora Flight Sciences (AFS), in collaboration with the MIT Space Systems Laboratory (MIT-SSL), proposed the Synthetic Imaging Maneuver Optimization (SIMO) program to develop a methodology, calibrated through hardware-in-the-loop testing, to optimize S/C maneuvers to more efficiently synthesize… More

Distributed Adaptive Control of Engine Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Principal Investigator: James Paduano, Senior Autonomy Controls Engineer
Award Amount: $99,997.00
RI Contact: Paul Hart
Abstract:
Aurora and Georgia Tech are bringing together a team of experienced control theory, engine design, engine control experts to perform research on next-generation distributed control architectures for turbine engines. The program combines new results in adaptive and distributed control of… More

On Orbit Immuno-Based, Label-Free, White Blood Cell Counting System with MicroElectroMechanical Sensor (MEMS) Technology (OILWBCS-MEMS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Liping Sun, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,948.00
Abstract:
Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation and our partner, Draper Laboratory, propose to develop an on orbit immuno-based, label-free, white blood cell counting system for simultaneous counting of peripheral blood cell subpopulations, including total white blood cells, the five white blood cell… More

ADIS-type Charged Particle Spectrometer for Manned Space Radiation Dosimetry

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John Merk, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,865.00
Abstract:
As manned missions to the moon and eventually Mars gain momentum, astronaut crews will be sent back to the deepest parts of space humans have ever traveled, and will continue deeper into space than ever before. Once outside the protection of the Earth's magnetic field, astronauts become fully… More

Advanced Transport Damage Tolerant GLARE Hybrid Bonded Wing Structure

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: UCLA
Principal Investigator: Larry Bersuch, Chief Engineer ACCA Progr
Award Amount: $99,947.00
RI Contact: Valerie Schmid
Abstract:
The Air Force Next Generation Transport will apply advanced hybrid material forms to meet stringent weight and cost requirements and will consist of unitized structural concepts as a result. Glass-Reinforced Aluminum Laminate (GLARE) is a new class of fiber metal laminates for advanced aerospace… More

A Robust Flare Planning Logic for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Antonio Abad, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
Aurora Flight Sciences proposes to develop a flare planning logic that would provide aircraft guidance during this critical phase of flight. The algorithms that Aurora seeks to leverage address the reachability problem in the fields of Optimal Control and Hybrid Systems. Two competing technical… More

Analysis and Development of UAV Operations in the NAS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Antonio Abad, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,884.00
Abstract:
Aurora Flight Sciences, in collaboration with Air Network Simulation and Analysis, Inc. (ANSA), proposes to develop a simulation-based methodology to analyze and guide the development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) operations in the National Airspace System (NAS).The key technical accomplishment… More

Shielded Mars Balloon Launcher (SMBL)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Joseph Parrish, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,924.00
Abstract:
Aurora Flight Sciences, along with its partner Vertigo Industries, proposes a novel approach to deployment of balloon-based payloads into the Martian atmosphere. Balloon-based Mars exploration has the capability to cover a larger portion of the Martian surface than is accessible via a rover and to… More

Personal Air Vehicle Lift Fan Design (PAV-LiFaD)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Heather Brendle, Program Manager
Award Amount: $98,945.00
Abstract:
With the significant advancements in motor efficiency and energy storage technology, electric propulsion systems have become viable power plants and power supplements to aircraft. Offering high power-to-weight ratios, electric drive systems significantly increase the design capabilities for vertical… More

Coordinated Sensor Fusion and Management for Multiple UAVs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Olivier Toupet, Sr. Materials Design Engi
Award Amount: $99,906.00
Abstract:
Two disparate technologies associated with net-centric warfare have reached a fairly high level of maturity: tactical control of UAVs and sensor fusion within and across high-value platforms. However, incorporation of local UAV data into the intelligence datastream is still limited, and more… More

Adaptation of Biological Solutions to MAVs in Gusty Urban Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: James Paduano, Senior Autonomy Controls & Est Eng
Award Amount: $69,980.00
Abstract:
Aurora Flight Sciences proposes a comprehensive set of sensing, estimation, and control techniques to enable urban flight in the face of gusts and other disturbances. Biological entities utilize a number of sensory mechanisms to insure stable flight with respect to their surroundings and reject… More

Mobile-Agent-Based Collaborative Sensor Fusion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Olivier Toupet, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $69,922.00
Abstract:
The network-centric warfare concept relies heavily on disparate sensor information, coming from the ground (e.g. special ops), the surface (including USVs), various manned and unmanned air vehicles, and space, all processed and made available on tactical and strategic networks to a variety of users.… More

Micro-sized Microwave Atmospheric Satellite Cluster (MicroMAS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Research Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technolo
Principal Investigator: Javier Luis, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $98,851.00
RI Contact: Kimberly Mann
Abstract:
Small satellites working in coordinated manner as part of a distributed constellation hold the promise to revolutionize DoD space operations. However, small satellites also have significant inherent limitations. Their size limits the types of sensors that they can accommodate. It also limits… More

Integration of PALACE and Touchdown Planning Methods for Landing CUAS at Unprepared Sites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technolo
Principal Investigator: James Paduano, Senior Autonomy Controls
Award Amount: $69,915.00
RI Contact: Michael P. Corcoran
Abstract:
Aurora Flight Sciences and MIT have been developing tools and techniques that, together with existing 3D environment decision-making and navigation tools developed by AMRDEC in the PALACE program, are well-suited to the problem of autonomous vertical landing on unprepared landing sites. In this… More

Adaptive Turbine Engine Control for Stall Threat Identification and Avoidance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technolo
Principal Investigator: Nathan Fitzgerald, Propulsion Development En
Award Amount: $69,917.00
RI Contact: Michael P. Corcoran
Abstract:
Aurora Flight Sciences and MIT propose to develop a model-based adaptive health estimation and real-time proactive control to identify gas turbine engine stability risks and avoid them through control action. In this concept, the engine control system actively monitors sensors and actuators,… More

Titan Montgolfiere Buoyancy Modulation System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. James Sisco, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,956.00
Abstract:
Titan is ideally suited for balloon exploration due to its low gravity and dense atmosphere. Current NASA mission architectures baseline Montgolfiere balloon systems, which use waste heat from a radioisotope power system to heat balloon interior gases to provide buoyancy. A disadvantage of this… More

Suit Simulator (S3) for Partial Gravity EVA Experimentation and Training

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jessica Edmonds, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,875.00
Abstract:
Aurora Flight Sciences, along with MIT consultants Professor Dava Newman and Professor Jeffrey Hoffman, propose to develop an EVA space suit simulator for use in partial gravity training and experimentation. Our space suit simulator will provide a lightweight, low form-factor solution to… More

Extensible Data Set Architecture for Systems Analysis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Principal Investigator: James Houghton, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,953.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
The process of aircraft design requires the integration of data from individual analysis of aerodynamic, structural, thermal, and behavioral properties of a flight vehicle. At present, there is no simple way to integrate the results of the analyses early in the design process. Aurora Flight… More

Multi-Robot Planetary Exploration Architectures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jessica Duda, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,889.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
Space policy direction is shifting, particularly with respect to human goals. Given the uncertainty of future missions to the moon, Mars, and other bodies, a tool that allows for informed analysis of the option space is particularly relevant. Aurora Flight Sciences and MIT propose to further… More

SPHERES MOSR Rendezvous and Docking with the OS (RDOS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Joseph Parrish, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,857.00
Abstract:
NASA's Mars Sample Return (MSR) mission involves many challenging operations. One of the highest-risk operations is the guidance of the Orbiting Sample (OS) into the capture mechanism on the MSR Orbiter/Earth Return Vehicle (ERV). Aurora Flight Sciences, and its research partner the Massachusetts… More

Aspirated Compressors for High Altitude Engines

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Nathan Fitzgerald, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,928.00
Abstract:
Aurora Flight Sciences proposes to incorporate aspirated compressor technology into a high altitude, long endurance (HALE) concept engine. Aspiration has been proven to increase the stage loading of gas turbine compressors and fans, potentially allowing weight reduction through the reduction of… More

Distributed Adaptive Control of Engine Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology
Principal Investigator: James Paduano, Senior Autonomy Controls & Est Eng
Award Amount: $749,914.00
RI Contact: R. Paul Hart, Esq.
Abstract:
Aurora and Georgia Tech's Phase I efforts demonstrated the feasibility of a partially distributed control scheme with separate controllers on the engine core and fan, where the controllers are linked by a supervisory controller. This scheme is representative of the situation encountered in VTOL UAV… More

A Robust Flare Planning Logic for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Antonio Abad, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,898.00
Abstract:
Aurora Flight Sciences proposes to develop a flare planning methodology that would provide aircraft guidance during this critical phase of flight. The algorithms that Aurora seeks to leverage the reachability problem in the fields of Optimal Control and Hybrid Systems, using Rapidly-Exploring Random… More

On Orbit Immuno-Based, Label-Free, White Blood Cell Counting System with MicroElectroMechanical Sensor (MEMS) Technology (OILWBCS-MEMS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jessica Edmonds, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,988.00
Abstract:
Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation and partner, Draper Laboratory, propose to develop an on-orbit immuno-based label-free white blood cell counting system using MEMS technology (OILWBCS-MEMS) for human spaceflight experimental and medical monitoring practices. Our proposed system is designed to meet… More

Integrated Photovoltaic Energy Scavenging and Storage System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Philip Johnson, Senior Electrical Systems Engineer
Award Amount: $98,969.00
Abstract:
The majority of modern portable, wireless electrical devices are powered by batteries; when the batteries are depleted they must be replaced or recharged, which is a problem when the system operates in remote areas or an enemy's region. The capability to scavenge energy from the environment to… More

Optimized Silent SUAS Propeller Design

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Paul Dahlstrand, Senior Propulsion Engineer
Award Amount: $99,961.00
Abstract:
Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation (Aurora) asserts that SUAS propellers can be made significantly harder to detect with improved aerodynamic performance using proven aerodynamic and acoustic propeller design codes. The novel aspect of this proposal is that Aurora can build existing acoustic,… More

Structurally Embedded Power and Signal Cabling for Air Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James Snider, Sr. Program Manager
Award Amount: $99,961.00
Abstract:
During the Phase I Program, Aurora will design and fabricate a small-scale demonstration article showcasing the developed embedded power systems technology. Design and manufacturing principals for the proposed embedded power systems technology will be developed as part of the Phase I Program. Test… More

Collaborative Sensor Fusion and Management for Multiple UAVs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Olivier Toupet, Senior Autonomy Engineer – (617) 500-4813
Award Amount: $749,927.00
Abstract:
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are increasingly being used by the military to gather Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) information in warfare environments. Of particular interest is the tracking of multiple targets for global situational awareness. To accomplish this mission,… More

Electric Lift Fan for VTOL Air Vehicle

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Heather Brendle, Program Manager
Award Amount: $1,717,948.00
Abstract:
The need exists for safe, high power density electric lift fans, especially for vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) air vehicle applications. The unique approach proposed here uses electric power to drive a brushless ring motor and fan inside a duct. The ring motor is scalable and requires no… More

Hybrid Carbon/Aramid Composite Drive Shaft with Captured Titanium End Fittings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Brandon Pollett, Manufacturing Engineer
Award Amount: $69,908.00
Abstract:
Aurora proposes to enhance the CH-53K helicopter drive shaft by reducing the weight and improving its ballistics survivability through the use of advanced composite materials. The new drive shaft will utilize carbon and aramid fibers, an advanced BMI resin system, and captured titanium end fittings… More

Lightweight Integrally Stiffened Composite Structure

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jay Snider, Program Manager – (304) 848-5929
Award Amount: $599,961.00
Abstract:
Sandwich construction has excellent stiffness and strength to weight, and therefore has been used in many airframe applications for fixed and rotary wing aircraft. Unfortunately, honeycomb sandwich structures have proven costly to maintain due to limited durability. Perhaps the largest single… More

System-ID Filtered Comprehensive Prognostics and Health Management (SIC PHM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: George Kiwada, Propulsion Engineer
Award Amount: $79,914.00
Abstract:
The availability of an air vehicle to perform missions or generate sorties is negatively impacted by time spent on the ground due to scheduled servicing and maintenance. Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) is an emerging technology that enables improved condition based maintenance on air… More

Low-Cost Orbital Debris Removal Using In-Situ Propellant

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John Merk, Senior Electrical Enginee
Award Amount: $69,966.00
Abstract:
Space Debris is a rapidly increasing problem, as evidenced by the recent COSMOS-IRIDIUM crash of February, 2009. This crash is estimated to have increased the orbital debris that is greater than 1 cm by 190,000 objects (more than 30%). Removal of the largest debris elements would eliminate the fuel… More

Damage Detection of Composite Components using Surface Mounted Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: David Kordonowy, Structures Engineer
Award Amount: $79,982.00
Abstract:
Today's advanced airborne weapons systems push the limits of technology to achieve greater speed, payload, and efficiency than previous generation systems. The tradeoff for the improved performance is that advanced systems and structures require extensive maintenance. Aurora proposes to develop an… More

Micro-sized Microwave Atmospheric Satellite Cluster (MicroMAS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Javier Luis, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $98,887.00
Abstract:
CubeSats have emerged as a de-facto platform for small, low cost satellites. There is an ever growing list of COTS suppliers for CubeSat compatible systems, and numerous launch opportunities due to the development of the PPOD launcher which now flies as part of many expendable launch vehicles and… More

Low Cost, Low Weight Composite Structure using Out-Of-Autoclave (OOA) Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ed Wen, Program Manager – (703) 530-1941
Award Amount: $749,997.00
Abstract:
The development of out-of-autoclave (OOA) materials decreases the cost of entry into composites manufacturing programs and allows new opportunities for aircraft designers. The development of new generations of OOA materials has enabled the fabrication of large composite structures with nearly… More

Development of Multidisciplinary, Multi-Fidelity Analysis and Integration of Aerospace Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technolo
Principal Investigator: Olivier Toupet, Autonomy Engineer – (617) 500-4813
Award Amount: $749,976.00
RI Contact: Michael Corcoran
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Aurora Flight Sciences, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), proposes to further develop and test in realistic settings an innovative method for representing and managing multidisciplinary design information from a wide range of analysis tools. The… More

Distributed Adaptive Control of Engine Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology
Principal Investigator: James Paduano – (617) 500-4807
Award Amount: $749,914.00
RI Contact: R. P. Hart, Esq.
Abstract:
Aurora and Georgia Tech"s Phase I efforts demonstrated the feasibility of a partially distributed control scheme with separate controllers on the engine core and fan, where the controllers are linked by a supervisory controller. This scheme is representative of the situation encountered in… More

Space Suit Simulator (S3) for Partial Gravity EVA Experimentation and Training

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jessica Duda, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,885.00
Abstract:
Pressurized space suits impose high joint torques on the wearer, reducing mobility for upper and lower body motions. Using actual space suits in training or experimentation is problematic due to the expense, bulk, weight, and difficulty in donning/doffing. The goal of this project was to… More

SPHERES MOSR Rendezvous and Docking with the OS (RDOS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James Francis, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $59,993.00
Abstract:
In order to support the tools needed to develop the Mars Sample Return (MSR) rendezvous and capture of the Orbiting Sample (OS), Aurora and MIT Space Systems Lab proposed the development of the Mars Orbiting Sample Return (MOSR) Rendezvous & Docking with the OS (RDOS) system. This system… More

Small Probes for Orbital Return of Experiments (SPORE)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology Center for Space Systems
Principal Investigator: David Spencer, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,991.00
RI Contact: Paul Hart
Abstract:
Analogous to the CubeSat standardization of micro-satellites, the SPORE flight system architecture will utilize a modular design approach to provide low-cost on-orbit operation and recovery of small payloads. The Phase 1 investigation will evaluate a scalable flight system architecture consisting… More

Incremental Sampling Algorithms for Robust Propulsion Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Nathan Fitzgerald, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,960.00
Abstract:
Aurora Flight Sciences proposes to develop a system for robust engine control based on incremental sampling, specifically Rapidly-Expanding Random Tree (RRT) algorithms. In this concept, the task of accelerating or decelerating the engine is treated as a path planning exercise. The control system… More

SPHERES Mars Orbiting Sample Return External Orbiting Capture

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James Francis, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,974.00
Abstract:
NASA's Mars Sample Return (MSR) mission scenario utilizes a small Orbiting Sample (OS) satellite, launched from the surface of Mars, which will rendezvous with an Orbiter/Earth Return Vehicle (ERV). When the radio beacon-equipped OS is within range of the ERV's optical sensors, the ERV… More

SPHERES/Universal ISS Battery Charging Station

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John Merk, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,956.00
Abstract:
With the retiring of the shuttle fleet, up-mass and down-mass to ISS are at a premium. The space station itself has a limited lifecycle as well, thus long-term and/or high-risk development programs pose issues for science 'return on investment', if the technology cannot be adequately… More

Thermally Stable Catalytic Combustors for Very High Altitude Airbreathing Propulsion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. James Sisco, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,964.00
Abstract:
Aerospace vehicles operating at high altitudes have the potential to be less expensive and more versatile alternatives to space based systems for earth/space science, communications, and surveillance. However, the operational flexibility of these vehicles is limited by the performance of the… More

Advanced Transport Damage Tolerant GLARE Hybrid Bonded Wing Structure

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: UCLA
Principal Investigator: David Kordonowy, Structures Engineer – (617) 500-4814
Award Amount: $749,946.00
RI Contact: Valerie Schmid
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Aurora and UCLA"s Phase I efforts demonstrated the feasibility of the synthesis of advanced hybrid materials, unitized structure, and metallic-composite bonding on the Air Force Next Generation Transport. The X-55 Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft (ACCA) wing was used to demonstrate… More

Physics-Based Control Technology for Augmentor Screech Suppression

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of Maryland
Principal Investigator: James Sisco, Propulsion Engineer – (617) 500-4835
Award Amount: $749,870.00
RI Contact: Marcine Snyder
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: High frequency combustion instabilities in gas turbine thrust augmentors (called screech) are detrimental to performance and limit operational flexibility, but are unavoidable due to the nature of augmentor operation and design. Present approaches to screech suppression via passive… More

Integration of PALACE and Touchdown Planning Methods for Landing CUAS at Unprepared Sites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technolo
Principal Investigator: James Paduano, Senior Autonomy Controls – (617) 500-4807
Award Amount: $738,767.00
RI Contact: Michael P. Corcoran
Abstract:
Aurora Flight Sciences and MIT have been developing tools and techniques that, together with existing 3D environment decisionmaking and navigation tools developed by AMRDEC in the PALACE program, are well-suited to the problem of autonomous vertical landing on unprepared landing sites. In this… More

Combined Airframe and Power system for Extended Range (CAPER)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: George Kiwada, Propulsion Engineer – (617) 500-4839
Award Amount: $99,911.00
Abstract:
Aurora Flight Sciences and Protonex Technology Corporation propose a research effort into a Combined Airframe and Power system for Extended Range (or"CAPER") power system for air-launched Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS). The CAPER system is unique in that a fuel cell system and a… More

Carbon Nanotube (CNT) Enhanced Composite Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: James Snider, Aerostructures Chief Engineer – (304) 848-5929
Award Amount: $99,960.00
Abstract:
During the Phase I Program, a composite structure will be selected from one of Aurora"s current UAS platforms which will serve as the baseline for the program and provide a commercialization path for the carbon nanomaterial (CNM) enhanced composite structures technology. Design and… More

Conformal Antennas for Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: James Snider, Aerostructures Chief Engineer – (304) 848-5929
Award Amount: $99,953.00
Abstract:
During the Phase I Program, Aurora Flight Sciences and the University of South Carolina will demonstrate the feasibility of co-curing an integrated antenna assembly within carbon composite structures. As part of this program, a candidate platform will be selected from one of Aurora"s current… More

Small UAV Hybrid Propulsion System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Paul Dahlstrand, Senior Propulsion Engineer – (617) 500-4817
Award Amount: $99,880.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation (Aurora) proposes to conduct trade studies to determine the optimum hybrid propulsion system for an in-service UAV in the 50lb to 150lb weight range. The propulsion system will be an internal combustion (IC) engine installed in parallel with an electric… More

Advanced Control of Endurance Aircraft Configured for Agile Hover Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: James Paduano, Senior Autonomy Controls – (617) 500-4807
Award Amount: $69,989.00
Abstract:
Aircraft with very long endurance and range, but with the ability to perform hover and stare, ship-board recovery, and wind/gust rejection must have special control and dynamics properties that are different than any currently fielded aircraft. Aurora Flight Science will develop Precision Hover… More

Dual Mode Waste Heat Scavenging System for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: James Sisco, Propulsion Engineer – (617) 500-4835
Award Amount: $79,914.00
Abstract:
In a typical unmanned aerial vehicle a significant proportion of the propulsion system power output is converted to electrical power to operate payload and avionics hardware. The removal or significant reduction of the growing electric power generation load from the engine could lead to extended… More

MEMS Setae for Bio-Inspired Wind and Lift Sensing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: James Paduano, Senior Autonomy Controls&Est Eng – (617) 500-4807
Award Amount: $149,892.00
Abstract:
Aurora proposes to develop bio-inspired wind and lift sensing, and to test implementations that would enable mid-term integration on current and planned small and micro unmanned aerial systems (UAS). By using MEMS hair cells currently under development for the replication of insect flight, our… More

Mothercube for Cubesat-based Synthetic Aperture Radio Telescope

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Michael Price, Electrical Engineer – (617) 500-4837
Award Amount: $1,124,787.00
Abstract:
The miniaturization of satellite technology enables us to do more with less, but it also pressures us to find clever solutions to fundamental problems. We have identified several space missions amenable to fractionated architectures, in which instrumentation and other capabilities are distributed… More

Optimized Silent SUAS Propeller Design

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Paul Dahlstrand, Senior Propulsion Enginee – (617) 500-4817
Award Amount: $749,372.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation (Aurora) asserts that small unmanned aerial system (SUAS) propellers can be made significantly harder to detect with improved aerodynamic performance using proven aerodynamic and acoustic propeller design codes. Aurora will improve the fidelity of the… More

Structurally Embedded Power and Signal Cabling for Air Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: James Snider, Sr. Program Manager – (304) 848-5929
Award Amount: $749,947.00
Abstract:
During the Phase II Program, Aurora will design and fabricate a large-scale article demonstrating the embedded signal cabling technology developed during the Phase I Program. Design and manufacturing principals and materials for the proposed embedded signal cabling technology will be finalized… More

Distributed Satellite Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Research Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Principal Investigator: Javier Luis, Chief Scientist – (617) 500-0249
Award Amount: $1,124,889.00
RI Contact: Stacey Sullaway
Abstract:
Aurora proposes to radically advance the concept of distributed satellite systems through a combination of technology development to enable precision 3-axis control and a demonstration of a distributed CubeSat system capable of performing a militarily significant geolocation of signals mission. … More

SPHERES/Universal ISS Battery Charging Station

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John Merk, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,965.00
Abstract:
With the retiring of the shuttle fleet, up-mass and down-mass to ISS are at a premium. The space station itself has a limited lifecycle as well, thus long-term and/or high-risk development programs pose issues for science 'return on investment', if the technology cannot be adequately… More

Self-Aware Aerospace Vehicle Contingency Management

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David Kordonowy, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,986.00
Abstract:
Aurora Flight Sciences, with Agent Oriented Software, proposes to develop a contingency management system that dynamically performs decision-making based on both sensed and predictive information to carry out adaptive missions and maintenance. This system will mirror the human nervous system, having… More

Coordinated Asset Tasking System for Ballistic Missile Defense

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Olivier Toupet, Autonomy Engineer – (617) 500-4813
Award Amount: $99,886.00
Abstract:
In order to mitigate the increasing threat of multi-raid short and long range missile attacks from hostile countries and non-state terrorist groups on the U.S. and its allies, advanced, cutting-edge technologies for ballistic missile defense must be developed to ensure their protection and deter… More

Attitude Control Enhancement Using Wing Load Sensing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: James Paduano, Senior Autonomy Controls&Est Eng – (617) 500-4807
Award Amount: $149,950.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Aurora proposes to develop a"Proprioceptive Wing"concept designed to measure and feedback wing forces, thereby enabling"load servoing", or modulation of control surfaces to achieve desired wing moments and/or forces. By implementing a feedback loop on the actual force… More

Persistent Engine Condition Estimation System (PECoES)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Karl Kulling, Autonomy&Controls Engineer – (617) 500-4798
Award Amount: $149,972.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Certain remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) use propulsion systems derived from commercial systems not designed for harsh environments. Operating experience and reliability data obtained in benign environments does not necessarily apply to engines operated in harsh environments, thereby… More

System Optimization for Backup VTUAV Shipboard Landing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: James Paduano, Senior Autonomy Controls – (617) 500-4807
Award Amount: $79,951.00
Abstract:
Aurora Flight Sciences, working with Optical Air Data Systems (OADS), proposes to develop a retrofit system to perform the functions of the current Fire Scout / UCARS landing system while eliminating or minimizing dedicated communication links and/or specialized equipment on the ship deck.… More

Carbon Nanotube (CNT) Enhanced Composite Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ed Wen, Structures Engineer – (703) 530-1941
Award Amount: $749,913.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The Phase II program will further develop the Carbon Nano Material (CNM) technologies developed during Phase I to improve EMI shielding, impact resistance, mechanical properties and embedment of conductors. The efforts culminate in two full scale test articles. Because the CNM… More

Small UAV Hybrid Propulsion System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: James Sisco, Propulsion Engineer – (617) 500-4835
Award Amount: $749,970.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Small unmanned aerial vehicles are a useful military asset and new systems must provide greater endurance and stealthier operation. A problem is that current propulsion options provide either long endurance (internal combustion) or quiet operation (electric) but not both. Hybridization… More

Long Endurance Hovering Surveillance Platform / Urban Beat Cop

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jeremy Hollman, SUAS Group Lead – (617) 500-4830
Award Amount: $1,394,686.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Collecting information in an urban environment is done in non-combat operations on a daily basis by local law enforcement by officers"walking the beat."Officers are present on our streets. Officers become familiar with areas of the city by constantly understanding and… More

Team Performance Metrics for Command and Control of Unmanned Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Raghvendra Cowlagi, GNC Engineer – (617) 500-4800
Award Amount: $79,977.00
Abstract:
The primary objective of the proposed research is to develop, and to demonstrate the feasibility of a mathematically rigorous approach for modeling and evaluating human supervisory control of multiple unmanned and/or autonomous vehicles. This high-level objective is decomposed into three… More

Enhanced Dynamic Load Sensor for ISS (EDLS-ISS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Christopher Krebs, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $124,895.00
Abstract:
To advance the effectiveness of exercise activities performed to counteract bone and muscle deterioration under microgravity conditions, Aurora Flight Sciences and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology propose to develop a self-contained, enhanced dynamic load sensor that can be integrated into… More

Sensor-Free Health Management System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Chambers, Composite Structures Research
Award Amount: $124,923.00
Abstract:
The availability of an air vehicle to perform missions or generate sorties is negatively impacted by time spent on the ground due to scheduled servicing and maintenance. Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) helps maximize the availability of air assets by servicing the air vehicle based on actual… More

Aeroelastically Tailored Wing Structures (ATWIST)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Smith, Structures Analysis Res Eng
Award Amount: $124,973.00
Abstract:
Aurora will develop a novel composite sandwich structure that is capable of providing a coupled bending-torsional stiffness with nonlinear elastic effects, capable of achieving a tailored aeroelastic response over a wide range of flight conditions. Such a structure will make use of an additive… More

Autonomous Navigation in GNSS-Denied Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: University of Maryland
Principal Investigator: Terrence McKenna, Aerospace Controls Engineer
Award Amount: $124,952.00
RI Contact: Antoinette Lawson
Abstract:
Aurora proposes to develop a vision-based subsystem for incorporation onto Mars vehicles in the air (VTOL) and on the ground. NOAMAD will be an embedded hardware device with associated firmware for payloadlimited UAVs, performing autonomous navigation, obstacle avoidance, guidance using bio-inspired… More

Real-time Mission And Path Planner (REMAPP)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Sachin Jain, Sr. GNC Engineer – (617) 229-6812
Award Amount: $79,996.00
Abstract:
To maximize the strike effectiveness of multiple disparate manned and unmanned platforms"while minimizing the potential damage to the strike force from the defenders in a high threat environment, we propose to develop REal-time Mission And Path Planner (REMAPP) that will provide secure routes… More

High-Efficiency Propulsion for EMATT Sprint Speed Capability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Smith, Structures Analysis Resea – (617) 229-6781
Award Amount: $79,972.00
Abstract:
Aurora Flight Sciences and the Lockheed Martin Sippican propose to develop a new propulsion system to increase the top speed of an EMATT (Expendable Mobile ASW Training Target) vehicle to 14 knots. Aurora will perform systems-level analysis to determine propulsion system requirements and… More

ODETTE - Automated Model Learning and Simulation of Carrier Deck Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Raghvendra Cowlagi, GNC Engineer – (617) 229-6810
Award Amount: $79,904.00
Abstract:
Unmanned and partially autonomous aerial systems (UAS) and intelligent decision support systems have become integral components of emerging large-scale cyber-physical systems that will be involved in future military operations. Aircraft carrier decks will be central to many such operations involving… More

MEMS Setae for Bio-Inspired Wind and Lift Sensing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: James Paduano, Senior Autonomy Controls – (617) 500-4807
Award Amount: $999,814.00
Abstract:
Aurora proposes to develop bio-inspired wind and lift sensing, and to test implementations that would enable mid-term integration on current and planned small and micro unmanned aerial systems (UAS). By using MEMS hair cells currently under development for the replication of insect flight, our… More

Surveying Earth's Gravity with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOC / NOAA
Principal Investigator: John Wissler, Ph.D, Director, Systems Engineering – (617) 500-3978
Award Amount: $94,979.10
Abstract:
To assist with the National Geodetic Survey’s federal mandate to provide accurate positioning—including heights—to all federal non-military mapping activities in the USA, Aurora Flight Sciences proposes to integrate a gravimetry payload on a unmanned aerial system (UAS). Potential options… More

Parametric Analysis of Various Test Configurations for Measuring the Interlaminar Fracture Toughness of CMCs using LayerSlayer and Abaqus

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Univ of California, Santa Barbara
Principal Investigator: Konstantine Fetfatsidis, Composite Structures Rese – (617) 229-6818
Award Amount: $79,985.00
RI Contact: Frank Zok
Abstract:
The low weight, excellent durability and heat resistance of ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) make them attractive materials for use in aircraft engine hot sections, where improved overall engine efficiency can be realized. Nevertheless, the interlaminar properties of CMCs must be well understood… More

SURFACE: Simulation Utilizing Remote Facilities to Aggregate Control Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Jaime Ramirez, Spacecraft Guidance Engineer – (617) 500-4815
Award Amount: $99,957.00
Abstract:
The proposed effort will utilize a software API to link disparate N-DOF test bed facilities into a unified simulation. This API, called SURFACE (Simulation Utilizing Remote Facilities to Aggregate Control Environments), will allow for disparate test beds from remote facilities of different scale and… More

Attitude Control Enhancement Using Wing Load Sensing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Terrence McKenna, Advanced SUAS Development – (617) 500-4838
Award Amount: $1,043,557.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: As Small Air Vehicles (SUAVs) transition into theater with ever-increasing capabilities, the necessity for tailored avionics becomes acute. The Air Force and OSD emphasize an increasing role for SUAVs and providing squad-level units with ever-more capable, man-packable air assets. These… More

Advanced Verification Toolset for Learning-Based UAS Operating in Uncertain Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Sacin Jain, Sr. GNC Engineer – (617) 229-6812
Award Amount: $149,985.00
Abstract:
This effort proposes to develop a toolset to evaluate the effectiveness of a safety-controller that monitors a learning-based autonomous control system. The traditional use of deterministic verification techniques for real-time monitoring is not feasible in the presence of uncertainty. This effort… More

Novel Sacrificial Fibers for Microvascular Composites with Embedded Thermal Management Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: UMASS Lowell
Principal Investigator: Paul Dahlstrand, Orion Propulsion IPT Lead – (617) 500-4817
Award Amount: $149,891.00
RI Contact: Christopher Hansen
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Aurora will demonstrate on our automated fiber placement (AFP) machine that we are able to lay up composite panels that contain sacrificial fibers that can be thermally decomposed to create a microvascular network of small cavities that allow the panel to act as a heat exchanger. The AFP… More