Ultra-Compact Power System for Small Unmanned Aerial Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Special Operations Command
Amount:
$99,901.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
H92222-11-P-0052
Agency Tracking Number:
S111-003-0087
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
SOCOM11-003
Solicitation Number:
2011.1
Small Business Information
Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
072021041
Principal Investigator:
Michael Izenson
Principal Engineer
(603) 643-3800
mgi@creare.com
Business Contact:
James Barry
President
(603) 643-3800
contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Air-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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