Inflatable, UV Rigidizable Wings for High Altitude Aircraft

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$99,000.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-08-C-0054
Agency Tracking Number:
07SB2-0596
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB072-042
Solicitation Number:
2007.2
Small Business Information
ADHERENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
9621 Camino del Sol NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87111
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
859106296
Principal Investigator:
Andrea Hoyt Haight
Polymer Projects Manager
(505) 346-1685
adherenttech@comcast.net
Business Contact:
Ronald Allred
President
(505) 346-1685
reallred@comcast.net
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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