High-Altitude Morphing Aircraft (HAMAC) Flight Demonstrations

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$749,795.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-07-C-3712
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-241-3247
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
STAR TECHNOLOGY & RESEARCH, INC.
3213 Carmel Bay Drive, Suite 200, Mount Pleasant, SC, 29466
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
045886095
Principal Investigator:
Jerome Pearson
Principal Investigator
(843) 856-3590
jp@star-tech-inc.com
Business Contact:
Jerome Pearson
President
(843) 856-3590
jp@star-tech-inc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
HAMAC is an innovative aircraft design that combines solar cells for power, fuel cells for energy storage, a high-altitude prop and electric motor with thrust vector control, and a morphing structural design that can take off conventionally, or be carried to altitude by rocket, aircraft, or balloon. HAMAC will provide an aerodynamically stable, long-endurance, responsive instrument platform that can maintain high altitudes indefinitely. HAMAC can stay above FAA-controlled airspace, 60,000 feet altitude, at any location between -69,a and +69,a latitude at the equinox, and from the summer-hemisphere pole to 35,a latitude in the winter hemisphere at the solstices. With current lithium-sulfur batteries, it could stay above 46,000 feet between -70,a and +70,a latitude at the equinox, and above 36,000 feet from the summer-hemisphere pole to 45,a latitude in the winter hemisphere at the solstices. This program will build and flight test scale model vehicles that will demonstrate the HAMAC capabilities.

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