Inflatable, UV Rigidizable Wings for High Altitude Aircraft
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
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.
Small Business Information at Submission:
ADHERENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
9621 Camino del Sol NE Albuquerque, NM 87111
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