RIPPED UAV - Renewable Integrated Propulsion Power Electric Delivery for UAV's

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$149,839.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-13-M-2376
Agency Tracking Number:
F131-159-0532
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF131-159
Solicitation Number:
2013.1
Small Business Information
UltraCell LLC
399 Lindbergh Avenue, Livermore, CA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
969321475
Principal Investigator:
Ian Kaye
CTO and General Manager
(925) 455-9400
ikaye@ultracell-llc.com
Business Contact:
Ian Kaye
CTO and General Manager
(925) 455-9400
ikaye@ultracell-llc.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
ABSTRACT: We propose a fuel cell / battery hybrid powered UAV, designed from the get go with electric power propulsion and controls. A unique fuel cell composed of a high temperature PEM with a JP8 reformer will provide cruise power and trickle charging to the batteries. Batteries will provide surge power to arrive on station in 2-3 minutes after initiation. The fuel cell will startup during the flight and take over power supply. The fuel cell will supply trickle power to the battery so that dash capability is retained. BENEFIT: Since this UAV will be fueled by JP8, logistics concerns will be alleviated and rapid refueling will be possible. An additional benefit is that as the aircraft consumes fuel, its gross weight will reduce thereby further increasing range. The RIPPED UAV will eventually find a foothold in the industrial surveillance market as well as in law enforcement and border protection. Compared to traditional battery powered UAV, RIPPED will have ~4X the mission duration. Ultimately, the hybrid power module could be adapted for other markets and applications such as APU in the industrial and leisure markets.

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