Ultra-Compact Power System for Small Unmanned Aerial Systems
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P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, -
AbstractAir-launched, small unmanned aerial systems (SUAS) offer the potential for a tremendous increase in airborne sensing and ground support capability. However, breakthrough power technology is needed to enable these systems to reach their potential. We propose to develop a power system designed to meet the extremely challenging performance, operational, and environmental requirements for service on air-launched SUAS. The system comprises an innovative hydrogen generator combined with a PEM fuel cell. The proposed system is lightweight, compact, safe, and compatible with a wide range of environmental conditions. In Phase I we will prove the feasibility of our approach through laboratory demonstrations, design trade-off and optimization studies, and conceptual design. In Phase II we will produce a complete, prototype power system, integrate with a SUAS, and demonstrate air-launch capability.
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