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eQ Propulsor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-21-P-0094
Agency Tracking Number: FX20D-TCSO1-0098
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AFX20D-TCSO1
Solicitation Number: X20.D
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-12-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-03-10
Small Business Information
109 Pointe Landing
Crossville, TN 38555-2001
United States
DUNS: 117606609
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Mark Moore
 (757) 790-3870
Business Contact
 Mark Moore
Phone: (757) 790-3870
Research Institution
 Illinois Institute of Technology
 David Josephson
329A Ingalls St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
United States

 (408) 406-2230
 Nonprofit College or University

  Whisper Aero proposes investigating a novel electric propulsor designed to achieve ultra low noise, high specific power, and high efficiency both at static and high speed cruise conditions. These capabilities are critical to enable eVTOL aircraft to achieve scaled market use in urban areas, and the wide breadth of mission applications across commercial, public use and military aircraft. The eQ Propulsor has an innovative architecture that enables electric motors to achieve high specific power at low disk loading - yet with low tip speeds to achieve very low acoustic signatures. The technology is scale independent, for use from small hovering surveillance drones to large people/cargo carrying eVTOL/eSTOL/eCTOL. First principle analysis indicates an acoustic signature below all current eVTOL development efforts, with the potential to blend into ambient urban soundscapes. Range and speed of aircraft applying this propulsor will be on par with existing propeller configurations, but with far superior community acceptability. Key risks have been identified, with analysis and hardware research focused to establish feasibility across the mechanical and acoustic design. This technology also has the potential to be applied across non-aviation commercial products. Prior team experience includes pioneering DEP at NASA, founding Uber Elevate, and major U.S. aerospace corporations.

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