Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0080
Agency Tracking Number: 07SB2-0607
Amount: $717,961.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: SB072-042
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
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HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Principal Investigator
 (310) 891-2814
Business Contact
 Zoltan Feher
Title: Manager-Contracts
Phone: (310) 626-8384
Research Institution
In this Phase II effort the NextGen team will mature the hybrid pivoting wing concept developed in Phase I. The wing design consists of inboard rigid sections and outboard deployable sections. The deployable sections incorporate a load-bearing, actuated spar which provides a large portion of the wing bending stiffness. Torsional stiffess is achieved by using discrete ''''ribfoils'''' which also provide support to the fabric skin. The overall concept was found to have significantly lower weight compared to a purely inflatable design. Phase II work will address: trade-studies to expand the design envelope and establish design sensitivities; non-linear structural analyses and multi-disciplinary optimization to develop detailed design taking into account flutter and static aeroelastic constraints; development of wing control strategies by using active wing twist; and validation of the design by testing sub-scale and full-scale, deployable models. The Phase II work will support the overall Rapid Eye program. The developed technology is also applicable to other unique aircraft such as Mars fliers and deployable small UAVs.

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