A Self-Adaptive Refueling Drogue

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00421-05-C-0037
Agency Tracking Number: N044-266-0006
Amount: $149,692.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-266
Solicitation Number: 2004.4
Small Business Information
34 Lexington Avenue, Ewing, NJ, 08618
DUNS: 096857313
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert McKillip, Jr.
 Senior Associate
 (609) 538-0444
Business Contact
 Barbara Agans
Title: Administrator
Phone: (609) 538-0444
Email: barbara@continuum-dynamics.com
Research Institution
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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