Inflatable, UV Rigidizable Wings for High Altitude Aircraft

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-08-C-0054
Agency Tracking Number: 07SB2-0596
Amount: $99,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: SB072-042
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
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
 Andrea Hoyt Haight
 Polymer Projects Manager
 (505) 346-1685
Business Contact
 Ronald Allred
Title: President
Phone: (505) 346-1685
Research Institution
DARPA is seeking technologies that will enable the production and use of high altitude, long endurance (HALE) aircraft. Requirements for this application include a light weight and low storage volume to allow easier delivery of the vehicle to such altitudes. Ultraviolet (UV) light rigidizable inflatable wings offer a means of achieving the high packing efficiency required as well as offering the capability of higher L/D that is required for HALE applications. Rigidization of inflatable wings is the key, providing several potential advantages, including reduced 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, an initial inflatable, rigidizable design for a high L/D wing will be conducted, fabricated, and wind tunnel tested. The design will incorporate UV LED lights and rigidization on command (TM)resins for low temperature, rapid cure.

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