Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NAS1-02114
Agency Tracking Number: 013581
Amount: $600,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
254 West Baseline Road, Suite 104, Tempe, AZ, 85282
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gerald Merrill
 Principal Investigator
 (480) 829-1099
Business Contact
 Gerald Merrill
Title: Business Official
Phone: (480) 829-1099
Research Institution
Advanced Propulsion Inc. proposes a Revolutionary Concept (RevCon) integrated aircraft and propulsion system that provides aircraft drag reduction and propulsion system efficiency increase, thereby improving aircraft fuel efficiency by as much as a factor of two. The key feature is the ducting of a high fraction of the aircraft total boundary layer from distributed airframe inlets to turbofan engine(s) in the rear of the fuselage. This fully integrated, boundary layer pumping engine(s) will provide the sole propulsive thrust for the aircraft. API?s intent is twofold: First, to design the wing and fuselage configurations and boundary layer ingestion features for a very high fraction of laminar flow and greatly reduced parasitic drag. Second, to match the mass flow of the ingested boundary layer, the turbofan engine(s) and the aircraft cruise thrust requirement at the cruise design point to yield an extremely high level of propulsive efficiency. With reduced fuel loads, aircraft can be smaller, and less costly. With less drag and greater efficiency, aircraft can have higher performance. This integrated aircraft/propulsion technology is applicable to all types and sizes of subsonic airplanes.

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