Efficient Lightweight AC-AC Power Control for Solar UAV

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CE27P
Agency Tracking Number: 105475
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: S3.05
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Astral Infiniti, LLC
3233 Canal Point Road, Hacienda Heights, CA, 91745-6122
DUNS: 828268552
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Darwin Decker
 Principal Investigator
 (626) 330-9963
Business Contact
 Darwin Decker
Title: Managing Member
Phone: (626) 330-9963
Email: solardeck247@gmail.com
Research Institution
A highly efficient and lightweight dual bridge matrix power controller development is proposed that will provide high performance to a solar powered high altitude long endurance (HALE) unmanned air vehicle (UAV), Solar Deck 24-7, that can stay aloft for an indefinite period of time (Goal > 5 years) without fuel. This UAV will be able to hover at altitudes greater than 60,000 feet and perform many of the reconnaissance, communications, and scientific data gathering tasks now performed by geosynchronous satellites at an altitude below low earth orbit thus attaining GEO below LEO. In this Phase I R & D effort, we will define the key requirements and develop the preliminary designs for the dual bridge matrix converter for the UAV application. Simulation models will be developed based on the preliminary design to allow assessment of their performance in the UAV application. . At the end of this Phase I R & D effort, we will have advanced the power controller design to the point where we will be ready to perform detailed design and analysis and build and demonstrate prototype unit during the Phase II effort.

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