Lightweight Adaptive Propeller for HALE Applications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$97,327.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HQ0006-04-C-7047
Agency Tracking Number:
B041-004-1642
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA04-004
Solicitation Number:
2004.1
Small Business Information
AURORA FLIGHT SCIENCES CORP.
9950 Wakeman Drive, Manassas, VA, 20110
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
604717165
Principal Investigator:
Bob Minelli
Chief Engineer, GoldenEye
(703) 331-1032
bminelli@aurora.aero
Business Contact:
Kris Miller
VP Administration
(703) 331-1048
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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