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Innovative Turbine Engine Propulsion Solutions for Class 3 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-20-C-2308
Agency Tracking Number: F181-033-0841
Amount: $399,997.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF181-033
Solicitation Number: 18.1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-09-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-09-11
Small Business Information
1037 Watervliet-Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12205-0000
United States
DUNS: 883926594
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Hooshang Heshmat
 President/Technical Director & CEO
 (518) 862-4290
Business Contact
 James Walton
Phone: (518) 862-4290
Research Institution

This Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc. Phase II proposal addresses the DOD need for a 40 to 50 SHP propulsion and/or power systems technology to power Class II UAVs through development of a low cost modular 50 SHP GTE-powered alternator system based on MITI’s proprietary oil-free Sixth Generation compliant foil bearings. MITI recently completed the preliminary design of said system during Phase I of this effort. The presented preliminary design features a high frequency permanent magnet (PM) starter/ alternator section, along with advanced coupling technology which isolates it from the hot turbine engine core for improved thermal management. It also features highly optimized aerodynamic elements (fan, compressor, turbine and combustor) for high efficiency. Weighing just under 50 lb., it achieves a specific power of 1 HP/lb. During the Phase II effort, MITI will conduct detailed design, fabricate, and test engine under relevant application conditions, with the goal of achieving TRL 5.

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