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Biomimetic Design of Morphing Micro Air Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-18-C-0004
Agency Tracking Number: F15A-T01-0249
Amount: $749,376.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF15-AT01
Solicitation Number: 2015.0
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-12-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-12-20
Small Business Information
500 Stinson Drive
Danville, VA 24540
United States
DUNS: 079569487
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Mark West
 (434) 207-5180
Business Contact
 Helen Richardson
Phone: (434) 207-5183
Research Institution
 University of Southern California
 Dr. Geoff Spedding
3720 South Flower Street, CUB 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0701
United States

 (213) 740-4132
 Nonprofit College or University

The goal of this STTR is to design UAVs capable of adaptively changing wing geometry utilizing novel active materials that overcome limitations of previous attempts at developing and implementing practical and operational relevant morphing concepts.The basic idea of a morphing aircraft wherein the vehicle changes its shape to optimally perform in multiple flight segments holds the promise of achieving unprecedented levels of efficiency. In contrast to prior efforts focused on large aircraft, smaller UAVs in the Puma/Raven class offer greater design freedom. With continuously shape changing wings, birds can efficiently handle different conditions encountered during flight; most importantly, we can exploit these designs to fly in urban canyons, indoor environments, and in highly turbulent wind conditions, which is difficult to do with current generation SUAVs. Building on Phase I work, we will conduct component tests in the lab and integration tests in a custom built, inexpensive iron-bird in Phase II. We will also conduct multiple wind tunnel tests at the USC Dryden Wind Tunnel and finally, in the last quarter of the 24 month program, flight test a morphing UAV incorporating the technologies developed in Phase II. We expect to achieve TRL = 5-6 by end of Phase II.

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