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Combined Airframe and Power system for Extended Range (CAPER)

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Department of Defense
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2011 / SBIR
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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: 2011
Title: Combined Airframe and Power system for Extended Range (CAPER)
Agency: DOD
Contract: H92222-11-P-0050
Award Amount: $99,911.00


Aurora Flight Sciences and Protonex Technology Corporation propose a research effort into a Combined Airframe and Power system for Extended Range (or"CAPER") power system for air-launched Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS). The CAPER system is unique in that a fuel cell system and a SUAS will be designed together as a system, allowing design optimization to occur across the entire system. This is in contrast to past efforts, which have shoehorned existing fuel cell systems into existing SUAS designs, result in sub-optimal performance, albeit often better than battery-based performance. Designing an integrated power system for SUAS will result in mass savings which can be directly translated into higher fuel fraction and therefore greater range/endurance. Being able to optimize the design at the system level will also allow air-launched SUAS to meet difficult mission requirements while meeting constraints on packed volume and required power for flight.

Principal Investigator:

George Kiwada
Propulsion Engineer
(617) 500-4839

Business Contact:

Scott Hart
Financial Analyst
(617) 500-0536
Small Business Information at Submission:

Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
9950 Wakeman Drive Manassas, VA -

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