Lightweight Adaptive Propeller for HALE Applications
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
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 diameter light weight adaptive propellers from launch through long duration station keeping in a variety of environmental conditions. The proposed aqpproach will provide a significant reduction in rotating mass as well as offer the benefit of being able to adapt the foil shape and twist in addition to angle of attack to improve the performance through the full flight envelope.
Small Business Information at Submission:
AURORA FLIGHT SCIENCES CORP.
9950 Wakeman Drive Manassas, VA 20110
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