High-Altitude Morphing Aircraft (HAMAC) Flight Demonstrations

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-07-C-3712
Agency Tracking Number: F061-241-3247
Amount: $749,795.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-241
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
3213 Carmel Bay Drive, Suite 200, Mount Pleasant, SC, 29466
DUNS: 045886095
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jerome Pearson
 Principal Investigator
 (843) 856-3590
 jp@star-tech-inc.com
Business Contact
 Jerome Pearson
Title: President
Phone: (843) 856-3590
Email: 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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