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Versatile Electric Propulsion Aircraft Testbed

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Program Year/Program:
2011 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Rolling Hills Research Corporation
420 North Nash Street El Segundo, CA 90245-2822
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Versatile Electric Propulsion Aircraft Testbed
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CI08P
Award Amount: $100,000.00


An all-electric aircraft testbed is proposed to provide a dedicated development environment for the rigorous study and advancement of electrically powered aircraft. The new testbed aircraft will be developed from an existing conventional airframe and provide a dedicated platform to study, design, and test electrically powered propulsion systems for use in commercial, military, and general aviation vehicles. The testbed aircraft will allow various electrical propulsion system technologies to be tested to determine performance, reliability, safety, and cost. These include various battery, fuel cell, super capacitor, and motor technologies. Additionally, the new aircraft could be used to study energy-harvesting solutions including photovoltaics, vortex energy extraction, and piezoelectrics. An electric aircraft has several significant advantages over a conventional internal combustion driven aircraft. These include zero, or near zero emissions, increased reliability and safety with only one moving part, reduced noise and vibration, increased comfort, and reduced maintenance. RHRC and the University of Illinois propose to develop an all-electric testbed aircraft able to systematically evaluate new and existing technologies, which will make these systems, safe, reliable, and cost effective.

Principal Investigator:

Michael F. Kerho
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Brian Kramer
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Rolling Hills Research Corporation
420 North Nash Street El Segundo, CA 90245-2822

EIN/Tax ID: 141846297
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
1901 South First Street, Suite A
Champaign, IL 61820-7473
Contact: Walter Knorr