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Low-Stored-Volume Wings for a Very High Altitude Aircraft

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-07-C-0336
Agency Tracking Number: 07SB2-0612
Amount: $248,942.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SB072-042
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2007
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2007-09-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2008-06-30
Small Business Information
20590 Cereal Street, Suite 100 P. O. Box 117
Lake Elsinore, CA 92531
United States
DUNS: 184758894
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Glen Brown
 Chief Engineer
 (831) 425-5147
 gbrown@vertigo-inc.com
Business Contact
 James McCusker
Title: Director, Contrcts & Proposals
Phone: (951) 674-0604
Email: jmccusker@vertigo-inc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

This research addresses a deployable wing for a rapid response high altitude long endurance aircraft that is delivered to a high altitude over a location of interest in a low volume stowed configuration. The challenges are multi-disciplinary and relate to aerodynamics, structures, materials and manufacturing technology. The proposed technical approach is a high L/D inflatable wing with a number of innovations, including: the use of thin film materials for low volume storage, the use of structural fiber reinforcement for tailored strength and stiffness characteristics, a design that transfers of tension from the inflatable spar to the wing skin to promote airfoil accuracy, inflatable ribs, and compatibility with a Hydrazine-based inflation subsystem. A feasibility assessment is made, based on a baseline configuration that uses a high-TRL propulsion system to remain at 90,000 ft altitude for 24 hours. The feasibility assessment is supported by analysis and by a subscale demonstration article. A development plan is created that addresses all technical challenges necessary for a full scale flight demonstration with wing deployment at 90,000 ft. altitude.

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