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High Efficiency Propeller for Small Unmanned X Systems using Advanced Composite Materials

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-20-C-0562
Agency Tracking Number: N20A-T006-0213
Amount: $237,736.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N20A-T006
Solicitation Number: A
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-05-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-01-18
Small Business Information
12370 Airport Rd. Hangar 156
Jackson, CA 95642-9521
United States
DUNS: 122662336
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Craig Catto
 (209) 754-3553
Business Contact
 Craig Catto
Phone: (209) 754-3553
Research Institution
 University of North Dakota
 Forrest Ames
243 Centennial Drive Stop#8359
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8359
United States

 (701) 777-2095
 Nonprofit College or University

In the proposed STTR study, Catto Propellers, Inc. (Catto) and the University of North Dakota (UND) will create an efficient new propeller design utilizing advanced composite materials for use on small unmanned x systems.  During Phase I, a comprehensive study will be conducted to develop a new propeller design in order to increase propeller efficiency, reduce aerodynamic noise and utilize innovative materials compatible with the operational requirements of these unmanned aerial systems.  Lastly, UND will conduct a thorough material testing program necessary to analyze a of variety of composite materials to meet the structural requirements of this project.  Catto Propellers’ goal is to develop a quiet and highly efficient propeller design for use in unmanned x systems coupled with the use of advanced composite materials to meet the stated goals and objectives of this STTR.  During Phase I, the team will characterize a performance baseline using the existing propeller data and perform a comparative analysis to show gains in propeller efficiency, reduction in noise and the respective changes in performance as a result of those gains in a case study.

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