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High Endurance Attritable Hybrid Electric Drone

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: HR001122C0168
Agency Tracking Number: D21I-23-0327
Amount: $119,868.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: HR001121S0007-23
Solicitation Number: HR001121S0007.I
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-01-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-01-20
Small Business Information
12855 N Corsair Drive
Oro Valley, AZ 85755-9503
United States
DUNS: 117666851
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jason Douglas
 (520) 661-2753
Business Contact
 Sean Culbertson
Phone: (520) 991-6974
Research Institution

An Inexpensive Long-Endurance Drone (ILED) requires a re-evaluation of the approach to UAS design and fielding.  Future systems will be evaluated in terms of the capability of the swarm of aircraft instead of individual aircraft. This change in perspective will cause the design trades to look much different than those made in the initial development and evolution of today’s group 1 and group 2 UAS.  Certain aspects which have, in the past, conspired to increase the size, cost, and capability of aircraft will remain, such as aerodynamic efficiency and the thermodynamic efficiency of small engines.  However, when the individual aircraft is untethered from a single operator, new forces will apply.  Large aircraft used in large numbers require large logistics footprints – small aircraft can be manufactured, transported, and utilized in large numbers without heavy burdens.  Numerous deployed payloads open new opportunities such as multiple effects from a single distributed system including EO/IR full motion video, electronic warfare, resilient communications, assured precision navigation and timing, and kinetic and non-kinetic effects.  This proposed Phase I effort will evaluate the technical variables pertinent to such a system from a first-principals approach and will integrate the results into a high-level ILED system design.

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