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Bio-Inspired Bone, Wing, Tail, and Muscle Structures for Morphing Aircraft

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-16-C-0009
Agency Tracking Number: F15A-T01-0175
Amount: $149,010.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF15-AT01
Solicitation Number: 2015.0
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-04-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-01-14
Small Business Information
606 SE Depot Ave
Gainesville, FL 32601
United States
DUNS: 078398960
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Lee Hunt
 (352) 505-2188
Business Contact
 Stephen Turner
Phone: (352) 505-2188
Research Institution
 Virginia Tech University
 Kevin Kochersberger
201 Burruss Hall 800 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
United States

 (540) 231-5589
 Nonprofit College or University

ABSTRACT: Our focus in this proposal is to perform basic research to create bio-inspired 3-D morphing mechanical structures which are a gateway technology to enable true 3-D morphing flight. Prioria and Virginia Tech University will team to perform basic research into bio-inspired structure such as artificial bones/wings/feathers and artificial muscles. Prioria will establish technical feasibility through analysis, simulation, and some experimentation in Phase 1 for artificial bones/wings/feathers, and Virginia Tech University will perform basic research into artificial muscles.; BENEFIT: Prioria will attempt to leverage Maveric and Leviathan for Phase 3 transition opportunities. Leviathan is a particularly attractive target, since morphing could significantly improve endurance and time-on-station of the Leviathan aircraft. (Endurance is a key performance parameter for the system). If the research is successful, Prioria will seek Phase 3 sponsorship to port components of the technology to Leviathan.

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