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Alternative Power Source for Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
77408
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A062-218-1730
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Aerodyne Research, Inc.
45 MANNING RD BILLERICA, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Alternative Power Source for Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W56HZV-07-C-0067
Award Amount: $69,995.00
 

Abstract:

Current small robotic platforms, or small unmanned ground vehicles (SUGV's), are facing increased mission requirements. The power supply capability of these SUGV's is frequently the limiting factor in the ability to meet the increased demands of additional electronics and sensors, and longer missions. A higher volumetric energy density alternative power source (APS) is needed to provide additional power for the mission while staying within the same size occupied by batteries. Aerodyne Research, Inc. proposes to modify its miniature engine/generator technology to meet the needs for a 250 W APS system. We have demonstrated operation of the miniature engine/generator at this size scale on JP-8 fuel. This engine/generator has a volumetric energy density above 1000 W-hr/liter for mission durations over 10 hours for a fully packaged system, including the fuel volume. In this proposed Phase I program, we will design a 250 W JP-8/diesel-powered APS system based on the miniature engine/generator technology for electric hybrid-mode operation of SUGV's.

Principal Investigator:

Kurt D. Annen
Principal Engineer
9786639500
kannen@aerodyne.com

Business Contact:

Charles E. Kolb
President
9786639500
kolb@aerodyne.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

AERODYNE RESEARCH, INC.
45 Manning Road Billerica, MA 01821

EIN/Tax ID: 042471226
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No