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

Award Information

Department of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 10-097
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
4 Cambridge Center 11th Floor Cambridge, MA 02142-1494
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Hybrid Carbon/Aramid Composite Drive Shaft with Captured Titanium End Fittings
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-10-M-0171
Award Amount: $69,908.00


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 in conjunction with existing metal components to reach these improved performance goals. A hybrid composite design also allows for material property tailoring to better meet the structural, dynamic, and environmental requirements imposed on the drive shaft. A composite drive shaft solution that is light weight, low cost, and provides operational performance after incurring ballistic damage would greatly benefit the overall value, performance, and survivability of military rotary wing assets.

Principal Investigator:

Brandon Pollett
Manufacturing Engineer

Business Contact:

Scott Hart
Financial Analyst
Small Business Information at Submission:

Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
9950 Wakeman Drive Manassas, VA 20110

EIN/Tax ID: 541502935
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No