Combined Airframe and Power system for Extended Range (CAPER)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,911.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
H92222-11-P-0050
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
S111-003-0021
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
SOCOM11-003
Solicitation Number:
2011.1
Small Business Information
9950 Wakeman Drive, Manassas, VA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
604717165
Principal Investigator:
GeorgeKiwada
Propulsion Engineer
(617) 500-4839
gkiwada@aurora.aero
Business Contact:
ScottHart
Financial Analyst
(617) 500-0536
shart@aurora.aero
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
Aurora Flight Sciences and Protonex Technology Corporation propose a research effort into a Combined Airframe and Power system for Extended Range (or"CAPER") power system for air-launched Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS). The CAPER system is unique in that a fuel cell system and a SUAS will be designed together as a system, allowing design optimization to occur across the entire system. This is in contrast to past efforts, which have shoehorned existing fuel cell systems into existing SUAS designs, result in sub-optimal performance, albeit often better than battery-based performance. Designing an integrated power system for SUAS will result in mass savings which can be directly translated into higher fuel fraction and therefore greater range/endurance. Being able to optimize the design at the system level will also allow air-launched SUAS to meet difficult mission requirements while meeting constraints on packed volume and required power for flight.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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