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Aerial Aquatic Ordnance Removal Vehicle (AEQUOR-V)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-16-P-3041
Agency Tracking Number: N16A-025-0099
Amount: $79,932.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N16A-T025
Solicitation Number: 2016.0
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-07-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-05-10
Small Business Information
9950 Wakeman Drive
Manassas, VA 20110
United States
DUNS: 604717165
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Chris Courtin
 (617) 229-6754
 courtin.christopher@aurora.aero
Business Contact
 Stephen Clark
Phone: (617) 500-4805
Email: clark.stephen@aurora.aero
Research Institution
 Purdue University
 Dan DeLaurentis
 
Sponsored Program Services 155 South Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
United States

 (765) 494-0694
 Nonprofit College or University
Abstract

With Project AEQUOR-V Aurora, in partnership with Purdue University, proposes to complete the conceptual design of a hybrid unmanned air/underwater vehicle (HUA/UV) capable of transitioning repeatedly between aerial and underwater operations in a single mission, operating in water depths up to 40 ft, and carrying a significant payload. To accomplish this goal, Aurora will build on design experience and flight test data in place from its previous two HUA/UV vehicle development projects. Aurora sees the transitional stages from water-to-air and air-to-water as the key high-risk design points for this vehicle configuration, especially the water-to-air transition. A novel propulsion architecture is proposed which combines an electric motor for aerial and underwater cruise with a secondary thruster to perform the water-to-air breaching maneuver. The propulsion lab at Purdue University will analyze several different vehicle propulsion systems to determine which gives the most effective system-level performance, while Aurora will investigate air-to-water transitqion methods and other options in the vehicle trade space. The vehicle design will be neutrally buoyant, with common surfaces used for control both in the air and in the water. The outcome of this Phase 1 study will be a flight demonstrator conceptual design, mission CONOPs, and test plan.

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