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Innovative Solutions for Multi-Rotor Flight Endurance

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-20-C-0031
Agency Tracking Number: F181-043-0178
Amount: $749,842.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF181-043
Solicitation Number: 18.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-10-08
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-10-08
Small Business Information
20252 Bancroft Circle, Huntington Beach, CA, 92646
DUNS: 114746279
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jim Hynes
 Principal Investigator
 (714) 356-7835
 jim.hynes@continentalctrls.com
Business Contact
 Lore Hynes
Phone: (877) 575-0053
Email: lore.hynes@continentalctrls.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
We propose to continue the successful development of an innovative ‘linear’ multirotor topology. Simple rotors are positioned to maximize disk area which will reduce power consumption while navigating narrow spaces. Independent control of pitch, roll, yaw and heave is accomplished like a typical quad, without the added complexity of swashplates or tilting mechanisms. Additional rotors add degrees of freedom to allow independent control of all 6 degrees of freedom. In P1 we showed that a VTOL version can transition to level outdoor flight. A 1/2kg fuel injected series hybrid power supply extends the hovering endurance from 20 minutes to several hours and allows cruise endurance which can rival any other SUAS.

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