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Innovative Control Effectors for Common Aerovehicle (CAVs)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-07-M-3726
Agency Tracking Number: F071-266-0547
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF071-266
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2007
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2007-04-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2008-04-13
Small Business Information
1900 Bates Ave., Suite G
Concord, CA 94520
United States
DUNS: 149397015
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Mike McFarland
 Principal Scientist
 (925) 798-5770
Business Contact
 Ann Mulville
Title: Office Manager
Phone: (925) 798-5770
Research Institution

Acree Technologies Incorporated (ATI) has demonstrated the effectiveness of using an innovative Cathodic Arc Plasma Source (CAPS) to produce high-density plasma for control of supersonic air flow. ATI proposes to use its CAPS system for actuation on the Common Aero Vehicle (CAV). The purpose of this proposal is to demonstrate the effectiveness of using the CAPS to produce high-density plasma for active aerodynamic flight control for the CAV. The goal of the Phase-I is to design an efficient CAPS system and use computer modeling to determine the actuation effects within the speed range of interest, namely Mach 20 – Mach 4. In previous wind tunnel tests the CAPS system has demonstrated a greater than 100% pressure change at Mach 5. The Acree Technologies CAPS has set the standard for pressure changes in a supersonic flow. The CAPS system is light and robust with no moving parts. It is capable of being energized in a matter of microseconds compared to at least milliseconds for mechanical systems, which allows for increased accuracy of the CAV.

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