Rotor development for a miniature tilt-body UAV having long endurance and VTOL capability

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$99,942.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-10-C-0154
Agency Tracking Number:
N09B-039-0008
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
N09B-T039
Solicitation Number:
2009.B
Small Business Information
Aerovel Corporation
83 Oak Ridge Rd, White Salmon, WA, 98672
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
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 Institution:
University of Washington
Juris Vagners
Aeronautics and Astronautics
Seattle, WA, 98195
(206) 616-3590
Nonprofit college or university
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. Such aircraft would use low-disc-loading rotors which must operate efficiently from zero advance ratio in thrust-borne flight, with rotor axis vertical, to high advance ratio in wing-borne cruise, with rotor axis horizontal. Our proposed Phase I work would advance structural and aerodynamic development of the necessary rotor blades, including wind-tunnel testing. Phase II would include demonstration of long range and endurance with a Flexrotor aircraft.

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