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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$499,489.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-12-C-0075
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N102-172-1040
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N102-172
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Small Business Information
83 Oak Ridge Rd, White Salmon, WA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
829641435
Principal Investigator:
Tad McGeer
President
(541) 490-4103
tad@aerovelco.com
Business Contact:
Tad McGeer
President
(541) 490-4103
tad@aerovelco.com
Research Institute:
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 fully-automated turnaround. 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. Ground testing and thrust-borne flights in Phase I, and hardware-in-loop transition simulations, have prepared us to move quickly into flight transitions in Phase II. Flight testing will encompass several candidate transition techniques, in calm and windy conditions, and at weights up to maximum gross. We expect that by the conclusion of Phase II these maneuvers will be common and routine throughout the flight envelope.

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