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Small UAV Hybrid Propulsion System

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F103-209-0692
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF103-209
Solicitation Number:
2010.3
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: Small UAV Hybrid Propulsion System
Agency: DOD
Contract: FA8650-11-M-2170
Award Amount: $99,880.00
 

Abstract:

ABSTRACT: Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation (Aurora) proposes to conduct trade studies to determine the optimum hybrid propulsion system for an in-service UAV in the 50lb to 150lb weight range. The propulsion system will be an internal combustion (IC) engine installed in parallel with an electric motor system driving a single propeller. We are leveraging Aurora"s experience using a design tool for design space exploration and multi-objective optimization for hybrid propulsion systems in UAV applications. We will combine Aurora"s extensive UAV aircraft design experience with Mississippi State University"s automotive hybrid propulsion system design experience to provide a state-of-the-art UAV hybrid propulsion solution. BENEFIT: A hybrid propulsion system in a small UAV will allow the vehicle to operate with the benefits of both an IC engine (long endurance) and electric motor (quiet stealth) with proper design. Once a hybrid propulsion system design process is established it could be applied to virtually any existing UAV for propulsion system retrofit.

Principal Investigator:

Paul Dahlstrand
Senior Propulsion Engineer
(617) 500-4817
pdahlstrand@aurora.aero

Business Contact:

Scott Hart
Financial Analyst
(617) 500-0536
shart@aurora.aero
Small Business Information at Submission:

Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
9950 Wakeman Drive Manassas, VA -

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