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Abrasion Resistant, Watershedding Coatings for Aircraft Transparencies

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-20-P-0702
Agency Tracking Number: FX201-CSO1-0758
Amount: $49,993.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: J201-CSO1
Solicitation Number: X20.1
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-03-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-06-09
Small Business Information
301 1st Street SW Suite 200
Roanoke, VA 24011-1921
United States
DUNS: 627132913
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Bryan Koene
 (540) 558-1699
Business Contact
 Lisa Powell
Phone: (434) 483-4246
Research Institution

Maintaining a high level of visibility through aircraft transparencies is very difficult under harsh operational conditions.  Luna Innovations proposed the use of Gentoo™-Aerospace, an easily applied permanent coating for this application.  This technology addresses the Air Force need for improved protection on helicopter transparencies using an abrasion resistant protective coating with improved water shedding capability.  The inherent hydrophobicity of the coating provides superior shedding of water from the windshield surface.  Pilot visibility imparted by the coating will increase, resulting in improved human and asset safety when critical flight missions must occur during inclement conditions.  This project will result in an integration plan in collaboration with Air Force stakeholders to qualify and transition this coating system to HH-60G helicopter transparencies. 

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