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Highly Efficient Low Noise Propellers and Rotors for Unmanned Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-20-C-0560
Agency Tracking Number: N20A-T006-0217
Amount: $140,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N20A-T006
Solicitation Number: 20.A
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-05-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-11-24
Small Business Information
34 Lexington Avenue
Ewing, NJ 08618-2302
United States
DUNS: 096857313
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Glen Whitehouse
 (609) 538-0444
Business Contact
 Barbara A. Agans
Phone: (609) 538-0444
Research Institution
 Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation (GTARC)
 Timothy Gehret
505 Tenth Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30332-0415
United States

 (404) 594-0950
 Nonprofit College or University

Small Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) are critical to deploying sensors, communications and other mission payloads, however, UAS noise, most notably propeller noise, can jeopardize mission success because vehicles can be detected beyond the range of payload effectiveness.  Continuum Dynamics, Inc. and Georgia Institute of Technology propose to develop a new class of highly efficient ultra-quiet propellers that can be retrofitted onto existing Navy UAS, or incorporated into the design of future vehicles, to enhance mission suitability, effectiveness and extend viable operational life.  The proposed effort directly builds upon prior work for the Navy, Air Force and NASA to demonstrate designs that can exceed the desired 10-12db noise reduction and 90% efficiency goals.  In Phase I, emphasis will be on designing a propeller for a fixed-wing UAS to confirm that the desired performance is attainable when applied to an operational aircraft.  Phase II would continue the propeller development a testing, and would broaden the scope of effort to include rotors/proprotors for small unmanned vertical takeoff and landing aerial vehicles.

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