Demonstration of transition between wing- and thrust-borne flight with the Flexrotor miniature long-range aircraft

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-10-M-0491
Agency Tracking Number: N102-172-1040
Amount: $99,925.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solitcitation Year: 2010
Solitcitation Topic Code: N102-172
Solitcitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
Aerovel Corporation
83 Oak Ridge Rd, White Salmon, WA, -
Duns: 829641435
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tad McGeer
 President
 (541) 490-4103
 tad@aerovelco.com
Business Contact
 Tad McGeer
Title: President
Phone: (541) 490-4103
Email: tad@aerovelco.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
We envision a class of miniature robotic aircraft dubbed Flexrotors which offer range, endurance, and economy at levels associated with wing-borne flight, together with capability for hover and VTOL. Routine operations of these aircraft will include dynamic transitions between wing- and thrust-borne flight, for launch and retrieval as well as for"hover-and-stare"interludes while underway. We propose to demonstrate transitions in Phase I using Aerovel"s first Flexrotor prototype. In Phase II we would apply our control techniques to a refined long-range Flexrotor, for demonstration of not only transitions, but also precise positioning relative to a small boat in rough conditions.

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