Lightweight Adaptive Propeller for HALE Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-04-C-7047
Agency Tracking Number: B041-004-1642
Amount: $97,327.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA04-004
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
9950 Wakeman Drive, Manassas, VA, 20110
DUNS: 604717165
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bob Minelli
 Chief Engineer, GoldenEye
 (703) 331-1032
 bminelli@aurora.aero
Business Contact
 Kris Miller
Title: VP Administration
Phone: (703) 331-1048
Email: kmiller@aurora.aero
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Significant improvements in propulsion systems are necessary in order to support high altitude, long endurance (HALE) missions for airships and UAV's. One of the critical components of the propulsion system is the propeller. The proposed research will demonstrate the feasibility of producing large diameter light weight adaptive propellers from launch through long duration station keeping in a variety of environmental conditions. The proposed aqpproach will provide a significant reduction in rotating mass as well as offer the benefit of being able to adapt the foil shape and twist in addition to angle of attack to improve the performance through the full flight envelope.

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