A Self-Adaptive Refueling Drogue

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$149,692.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N00421-05-C-0037
Solitcitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Number:
2004.4
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2005
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
N044-266-0006
Solicitation Topic Code:
N04-266
Small Business Information
CONTINUUM DYNAMICS, INC.
34 Lexington Avenue, Ewing, NJ, 08618
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
096857313
Principal Investigator
 Robert McKillip, Jr.
 Senior Associate
 (609) 538-0444
 bob@continuum-dynamics.com
Business Contact
 Barbara Agans
Title: Administrator
Phone: (609) 538-0444
Email: barbara@continuum-dynamics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Current technology aerial refueling drogues cannot accommodate the desired range of Navy/Marine refueling missions in a single design configuration. A novel drogue design approach that incorporates aeroelastic structural elements, capable of accommodating a wide range of flight speeds and aircraft types, is proposed for further analysis and development. The concept expands recent Navy work on a fabric-free drogue design, through the incorporation of speed-dependent flexural components, while also significantly reducing the number of parts from current drogue designs. Speed adjustment of the drogue is completely passive, as demonstrated in pre-proposal testing activities. Use of self-adaptive structural modification capabilities promises to significantly extend the drogue's operational envelope to cover all aircraft of interest in the Navy/Marine inventory.

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