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Variable Speed Aerial Refueling Drogue

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Systems Technology Inc.
13766 Hawthorne Blvd. Hawthorne, CA 90250-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Variable Speed Aerial Refueling Drogue
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: F33615-02-M-3226
Award Amount: $99,985.00


"The proposed work is intended to begin the development of a variable airspeed aerial refueling system emphasizing a novel drogue concept, the "ring flap" drogue, designed to control the drogue drag over the 95-280 kt airspeed range. The drogue willprovide adequate drag at low speeds to maintain the drogue attitude sufficiently close to horizontal to allow a receiver aircraft to couple while limiting the drag at high speeds to avoid excessive hose tension. The system concept will also addressshaping of the hose catenary as required to provide adequate clearance between the hose and rotorcraft blades and to set the position of the drogue below the tanker as required to minimize tanker wake disturbances. The system will be designed to minimizedrogue oscillations that would interfere with receiver coupling. The Phase I effort will define quantitative functional and design requirements and synthesize preliminary system designs. In Phase II, the designs will be further analyzed and refined;prototypes will be fabricated and tested in wind tunnels and in flight. The developments of this project could improve military aerial refueling operations by allowing a wide range of fixed wing aircraft and rotorcraft to operate from a single variablespeed drogue type that can be reconfigured in flight. Derivative technologies might be used in a variety of cargo airdrop and towed sensor platform applications for military and commercial application

Principal Investigator:

Thomas T. Myers
Vice President

Business Contact:

Junichi Taira
Vice President
Small Business Information at Submission:

Systems Technology, Inc.
13766 S. Hawthorne Blvd. Hawthorne, CA 90250

EIN/Tax ID: 951957989
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No