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FUEL CELL PROPULSION SYSTEM FOR A HIGH ALTITUDE RESEARCH PLATFORM

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
11920
Program Year/Program:
1991 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
11920
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
9950 Wakeman Drive Manassas, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1991
Title: FUEL CELL PROPULSION SYSTEM FOR A HIGH ALTITUDE RESEARCH PLATFORM
Agency: NASA
Contract: N/A
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 PROPULSION ALTERNATIVE FOR NASA'S PROPOSED HIGH ALTITUDE RESEARCH PLATFORM (HARP) OR OTHER VERY HIGH ALTITUDE AIRCRAFT. PHASE I WILL DESIGN A SYSTEM THAT USES EITHER CRYOGENIC OXYGEN OR COMPRESSED AIR AS THE OXIDIZER FOR THE FUEL CELL. THE SEVEN TASKS TO BE COMPLETED INCLUDE: 1) FUEL CELL SELECTION; 2) EVALUATION OF TURBOCHARGING CONCEPTS; 3) PREDICTION OF PROPELLER PERFORMANCE; 4) ANALYSIS OF ELECTRICPROPULSION DRIVE TRAINS; 5) ANALYSIS OF FUEL CELL AND MOTOR COOLING REQUIREMENTS; 6) PRELIMINARY DESIGN OF A BASELINE SYSTEM; AND 7) FORMULATION OF RESULTS SO AS TO SUPPORT PARAMETRIC STUDIES FOR AIRCRAFT SIZING AND OPTIMIZATION. AURORA'S STUDY WILL BE BASED ON OUR EXPERIENCE DEVELOPING PERSEUS, A BATTERY-POWERED RPV THAT CAN CARRY 50 KG PAYLOADSTO 25 KM ALTITUDES. AURORA WILL BE ASSISTED BY A TEAM THAT INCLUDES PERSONNEL FROM THE INTERNATIONAL FUEL CELLS DIVISION OF UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION, INLAND MOTORS, AND THE MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY.

Principal Investigator:

John S. Langford
President
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Business Contact:

John s. langford
PRESIDENT
7038455694
Small Business Information at Submission:

Aurora Flight Sciences Corp.
Box 11998 Alexandria, VA 22312

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No