A Self-Adaptive Refueling Drogue

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$149,692.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00421-05-C-0037
Award Id:
75024
Agency Tracking Number:
N044-266-0006
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
34 Lexington Avenue, Ewing, NJ, 08618
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
096857313
Principal Investigator:
Robert McKillip, Jr.
Senior Associate
(609) 538-0444
bob@continuum-dynamics.com
Business Contact:
Barbara Agans
Administrator
(609) 538-0444
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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