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Novel Variable Speed Drogue Refueling (VSD)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-06-C-0171
Agency Tracking Number: N044-266-0010
Amount: $684,613.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-266
Solicitation Number: 2004.4
Solicitation Year: 2004
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-07-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2008-03-04
Small Business Information
65 West Street Road Suite B-104
Warminster, PA 18974
United States
DUNS: 095275343
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Carl Calianno
 Principal Investigator
 (215) 675-4900
Business Contact
 Robert Bauder
Title: Vice President/CFO
Phone: (610) 619-7443
Research Institution

A Variable Speed Aerial Refueling Store Drogue will reduce C-130 mission time to conduct low speed and high speed aerial refueling. This developmental task will explore novel canopy drogue configurations to meet the challenges of producing the necessary drag at 105 knots airspeed with a configuration that meets the demanding geometric interface requirements mandated by high speed refueling. Another technical challenge which will be addressed, in addition to producing the required drag at low speed, is reduced drag at 250 knots airspeed. Novel methods of reducing the drag coefficient of the drogue as speed increases will be developed. Various configurations will be modeled and wind tunnel tested to determine the best performing configuration.

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