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Inflatable, UV Rigidizable Wings for High Altitude Aircraft

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
81314
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
07SB2-0596
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Adherent Technologies, Inc.
5505 Foothills Canyon Road Northeast Albuquerque, NM 87111-8346
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Inflatable, UV Rigidizable Wings for High Altitude Aircraft
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-08-C-0054
Award Amount: $99,000.00
 

Abstract:

DARPA is seeking technologies that will enable the production and use of high altitude, long endurance (HALE) aircraft. Requirements for this application include a light weight and low storage volume to allow easier delivery of the vehicle to such altitudes. Ultraviolet (UV) light rigidizable inflatable wings offer a means of achieving the high packing efficiency required as well as offering the capability of higher L/D that is required for HALE applications. Rigidization of inflatable wings is the key, providing several potential advantages, including reduced vulnerability to punctures, increasing stiffness and load-carrying capability, allowing a higher aspect ratio for high altitude efficiency and longer missions, and reducing weight by eliminating the make up pressurization supply. In the Phase I program, an initial inflatable, rigidizable design for a high L/D wing will be conducted, fabricated, and wind tunnel tested. The design will incorporate UV LED lights and rigidization on command (TM)resins for low temperature, rapid cure.

Principal Investigator:

Andrea E. Haight
Polymer Projects Manager
5053461685
adherenttech@comcast.net

Business Contact:

Ronald E. Allred
President
5053461685
reallred@comcast.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

ADHERENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
9621 Camino del Sol NE Albuquerque, NM 87111

EIN/Tax ID: 850397689
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No