Combined Airframe and Power system for Extended Range (CAPER)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: H92222-11-P-0050
Agency Tracking Number: S111-003-0021
Amount: $99,911.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: SOCOM11-003
Solicitation Number: 2011.1
Small Business Information
Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
9950 Wakeman Drive, Manassas, VA, -
DUNS: 604717165
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 George Kiwada
 Propulsion Engineer
 (617) 500-4839
Business Contact
 Scott Hart
Title: Financial Analyst
Phone: (617) 500-0536
Research Institution
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.

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