Modular Electric Propulsion Test Bed Aircraft

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$125,000.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX13CD11P
Agency Tracking Number:
120246
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
T9.01
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Rolling Hills Research Corporation
420 North Nash Street, El Segundo, CA, 90245-2822
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
121331057
Principal Investigator:
Michael Kerho
Chief Aerodynamicist
(310) 640-8781
mike@RollingHillsResearch.com
Business Contact:
Brian Kramer
Business Official
(310) 640-8781
Brian.Kramer@RollingHillsResearch.com
Research Institution:
The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Walter Knorr
1901 South First Street, SuiteA
Champaign, IL, 61820-61820
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Domestic nonprofit research organization
Abstract
An all electric aircraft test bed is proposed to provide a dedicated development environment for the rigorous study and advancement of electrically powered aircraft. The new test bed aircraft will be developed from an existing conventional airframe and provide a dedicated platform to study, design, and test electrically powered propulsion systems for use in commercial, military, and general aviation vehicles and UAV systems. The test bed aircraft will allow various electrical propulsion system technologies to be tested to determine performance, reliability, safety, and cost. These include various motors, motor controllers, batteries, fuel cells, super capacitors, and propeller technologies. Additionally, the platform could be used to investigate performance characteristics unique to electric propulsion, determine the most accurate methods for measuring energy used and remaining, research redundancy possibilities unique to electric aircraft, and possible hybrid-electric power plant systems. An electric aircraft has several significant advantages over a conventional internal combustion driven aircraft. These include zero, or near zero emissions, increased reliability and safety with only one moving part, reduced noise and vibration, increased comfort, and reduced maintenance. RHRC and the University of Illinois propose to develop an all electric test bed aircraft able to systematically evaluate new and existing technologies, which will make these systems, safe, reliable, and cost effective.

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