UV Rigid Inflatable Wing

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NND04AA05C
Agency Tracking Number: 024147
Amount: $599,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
9621 Camino del Sol NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87111
DUNS: 859106296
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ronald Allred
 Principal Investigator
 (505) 346-1685
Business Contact
 Susan Switzer
Title: Business Official
Phone: (505) 346-1685
Email: adherenttech@comcast.net
Research Institution
As the unmanned exploration of Mars and Venus becomes more of a focus area at NASA, inflatable, rigidizable wings will become an enabling technology. The successful development of this type of wing will also have significant military applications in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Rigidization of inflatable wings provides several potential advantages, including reducing the vulnerability to punctures, increasing stiffness and load-carrying capability, allowing a higher aspect ratio for high altitude efficiency and longer missions, and reducing weight by eliminating the make up pressurization supply. In the Phase I program, rapid cure resin systems (10 sec at 0?aC) with long shelf lives (>10 yrs) were formulated and used to fabricate, deploy, and rigidize a half span wing. Mechanical tests of the rigidized wing showed that it had attained the desired stiffness. The Phase II program will demonstrate internal cure, tailoring the resin formulation and lighting system for more efficient rapid cure at low temperatures, determine a more optimized design for a selected application, and demonstrate improved manufacturing techniques with skinning for better aerodynamic performance. Wind tunnel tests of the optimized wing will be conducted including deployment and rigidization with internal light cure. Aerodynamic behavior during deployment and rigidization and of the rigidized wing will be determined.

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