Powerplant development for a miniature tilt-body UAV having long endurance and VTOL capability

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$499,970.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
N68335-11-C-0445
Solitcitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Number:
2009.B
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2011
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
N09B-039-0008
Solicitation Topic Code:
N09B-T039
Small Business Information
Aerovel Corporation
83 Oak Ridge Rd, White Salmon, WA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
829641435
Principal Investigator
 Tad McGeer
 President
 (541) 490-4103
 tad@aerovelco.com
Business Contact
 Tad McGeer
Title: President
Phone: (541) 490-4103
Email: tad@aerovelco.com
Research Institution
 University of Washington
 Juris Vagners
 Department of Aero/Astro
Box 352400
Seattle, WA, 98195-
 (206) 616-3590
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
We envision a class of miniature robotic aircraft dubbed Flexrotors which offer range, endurance, and economy at levels associated with wing-borne flight, together with capability for hover and VTOL. Such aircraft would use low-disc-loading rotors which must operate efficiently from zero advance ratio in thrust-borne flight, with rotor axis vertical, to high advance ratio in wing-borne cruise, with rotor axis horizontal. As Phase I completed we flew our first prototype in hover. Phase II would develop the rotor and powerplant necessary for demonstration of the full flight envelope, including endurance well over 24 hr.

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