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Lightweight, Efficient Power Converters for Advanced Turboelectric Aircraft…

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2011 / SBIR
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MTECH Laboratories, LLC
831 Rte. 67, Bldg. 45C Ballston Spa, NY 12020-0227
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Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Lightweight, Efficient Power Converters for Advanced Turboelectric Aircraft Propulsion Systems
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CA43C
Award Amount: $600,000.00


NASA is investigating advanced turboelectric aircraft propulsion systems that utilize superconducting motors to drive a number of distributed turbofans. Conventional electric motors are too large and heavy to be practical for this application, and so superconducting motors are required. In order to improve maneuverability of the aircraft, variable speed power converters would be required to throttle power to the turbofans. The low operating temperature and the need for lightweight components that place a minimum of additional heat load on the refrigeration system opens the possibility of incorporating extremely efficient cryogenic power conversion technology. This Phase II program will develop critical components required to meet NASA's size, weight, and performance goals.

Principal Investigator:

Michael J. Hennessy
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

William J. Wilson
Business Official
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MTECH Laboratories, LLC
P.O. Box 227 Ballston Spa, NY 12020-0227

EIN/Tax ID: 141832587
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No