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A High T/W, Low Cost VTOL Propulsion System for Transformer (TX) Applications

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
91907
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
09SB1-0314
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
DARPA 09-014
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Metis Design Corporation
10 Canal Park Suite 601 Cambridge, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: A High T/W, Low Cost VTOL Propulsion System for Transformer (TX) Applications
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: FA8650-10-C-7071
Award Amount: $749,685.00
 

Abstract:

To-date, the realization of VTOL personal air vehicles capable of executing agile missions has largely been limited by the availability of high T/W, low fuel-consumption propulsion systems with minimal noise and IR signatures. Metis Design proposes the development of an innovative, high T/W, low-TSFC turbofan in the 200-1,000 lbf thrust-class for a variety of air-vehicle applications. The proposed concept uses a novel means for coupling a high-speed turbojet core with a low-speed fan spool so as to realize a high bypass ratio turbofan (and hence, low-TSFC) in a light-weight, low-cost manner without the use of a mechanical coupling or gearbox. The critical aspects of this coupling have already been demonstrated as part of a previous DARPA-funded effort; the proposed Phase II effort therefore seeks to adapt the engine and demonstrate critical high-risk elements of the proposed technology. The Phase II effort will also demonstrate how the warm exhaust from a small turbofan engine can be used to power an all composite liftfan with a high thrust-to-weight ratio that makes it suitable for PAV application.

Principal Investigator:

Rory Keogh
Lead Propulsion Engineer
4155721843
rory@metisdesign.com

Business Contact:

Seth Kessler
President/CEO
6176615616
skessler@metisdesign.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Metis Design Corporation
10 Canal Park Suite 601 Cambridge, MA 02141

EIN/Tax ID: 141916687
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No