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Field-Reconfigurable Multi-Mission eVTOL UAM Vehicle

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-21-P-0235
Agency Tracking Number: FX20D-TCSO1-0428
Amount: $149,680.00
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): 2020-12-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-06-16
Small Business Information
PO Box 3426
Lawrence, KS 66046-1111
United States
DUNS: 108339966
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Suman Saripalli
 (785) 979-1116
Business Contact
 Suman Saripalli
Phone: (785) 979-1116
Research Institution
 Mujahid Abdulrahim
4747 Troost Rm. 120
Kansas City, MO 64110-0000
United States

 (352) 871-4188
 Nonprofit College or University

A field-reconfigurable eVTOL UAM vehicle is proposed, based on flight-proven designs. This vehicle can be configured by a unskilled or semi-skilled individuals into any mission-specific design from a kit of standardized parts by a 1- or 2-man team, using a visual assembly app. The missions can include short-or long-range cargo delivery, casualty evacuation, personnel insertion, long-endurance C4ISR, over-the-hill surveillance, etc. The vehicle assembly is designed to be plug-and-play: the app suggests a configuration based on the user-specified need, and provides a visual step-by-step assembly guide. As the parts are assembled, the vehicle's autopilot recognizes each part, and configures its flight management algorithms. No experience in aviation or engineering is required to assemble and operate the aircraft, enabling use of the vehicle by both military and civilian operators. The design is scalable for vehicles from 5 lb to 2000 lb  MTOW.  In Phase I, a detailed design for the key components will be completed, and key components will be fabricated. In Phase II, the full vehicle in a USAF-specified class will be built and flight tested.

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