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Revolutionary Airlift Innovation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: D16PC00111
Agency Tracking Number: D2-1499
Amount: $1,509,932.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: ST14B-004
Solicitation Number: 2014.0
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-08-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-08-17
Small Business Information
221 West A Street, #1386
Dixon, CA 95620
United States
DUNS: 079307159
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Marti Sarigul-Klijn, Cdr USN (r
 (530) 400-1939
Business Contact
 Maurice Gionfriddo
Phone: (508) 847-8501
Research Institution
 UC Davis
 Dr. Nesrin Sarigul-Klijn
University of California at Da 2132 Bainer Drive
Davis, CA 95618
United States

 (530) 752-0682
 Nonprofit College or University

We propose to mature LG-X glider technology by manufacturing full-scaled prototypes and characterizing them in land-based flight-testing by using commercial aircraft to drop the gliders. Validated components such as the landing parachute, folding wing mechanism, and autopilot control system will undergo integrated flight-testing. Logistic Gliders will provide a considerable cost share to support the flight tests. The LG-X glider system is a low-cost, single-use, autonomous, glider-based naval Ship to Objective Mission (STOM) logistic resupply system. An amphibious ships Air Combat Element can launch 50 gliders an hour because the MV-22 and CH-53 can carry multiple gliders simultaneously. Multiple gliders can also be carried by the KC-130, C-17, and CH-47. The LG-X glider is capable of improving throughput and throughput/cost, increasing mission radius, and reducing cost/distance while operating in time constrained scenarios and in all-weather environments without requiring air base infrastructures or air superiority. The LG-X glider can deliver sea-based supplies to several groups of Marines located at widely separated points of need without further burdening the units or telegraphing their location. Our Phase II proposal also includes obtaining the necessary approvals and flight clearances to allow LG-X deployment from military aircraft onto military test ranges.

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