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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-10-C-0154
Agency Tracking Number: N09B-039-0008
Amount: $99,942.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2010
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
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
 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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