Small UAV Hybrid Propulsion System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-11-M-2170
Agency Tracking Number: F103-209-0692
Amount: $99,880.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: AF103-209
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
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
 Paul Dahlstrand
 Senior Propulsion Engineer
 (617) 500-4817
Business Contact
 Scott Hart
Title: Financial Analyst
Phone: (617) 500-0536
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation (Aurora) proposes to conduct trade studies to determine the optimum hybrid propulsion system for an in-service UAV in the 50lb to 150lb weight range. The propulsion system will be an internal combustion (IC) engine installed in parallel with an electric motor system driving a single propeller. We are leveraging Aurora"s experience using a design tool for design space exploration and multi-objective optimization for hybrid propulsion systems in UAV applications. We will combine Aurora"s extensive UAV aircraft design experience with Mississippi State University"s automotive hybrid propulsion system design experience to provide a state-of-the-art UAV hybrid propulsion solution. BENEFIT: A hybrid propulsion system in a small UAV will allow the vehicle to operate with the benefits of both an IC engine (long endurance) and electric motor (quiet stealth) with proper design. Once a hybrid propulsion system design process is established it could be applied to virtually any existing UAV for propulsion system retrofit.

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