Ambient Power Supply for On-Board Vehicle Health Monitoring MEMS Sensors

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$1,198,960.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-07-C-2723
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-170-0628
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF06-170
Solicitation Number:
2006.1
Small Business Information
AMBIENT MICRO
Maui Research & Technology Center, 590 Lipoa Parkway Suite 127, Kihei, HI, 96753
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
612408737
Principal Investigator:
John Langley
Chief Technology Officer
(866) 561-4823
jlangley@ambient-micro.com
Business Contact:
Scott Weeker
President/CEO
(866) 561-4823
sweeker@ambient-micro.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
In Phase I, Ambient Micro successfully demonstrated the capability of its Multi-Source Ambient Power Supply module to simultaneously harvest and store energy from multiple ambient sources to extend the operating life of MEMS Vehicle Health Monitoring sensors for UAV-mounted sensor systems. As the U.S. Air Force increasingly evolves UAV mission roles to support persistent surveillance, persistent strike, and communications relay missions, its will require additional power to extend the endurance of UAV sensor payloads and for “over the horizon” communications. In Phase II, Ambient Micro will develop and demonstrate a UAV Ambient Power Supply prototype that supports these increasing power requirements for advanced sensor payloads, onboard avionics and communications. Higher power will be generated through the combined harvesting of engine waste heat and other ambient solar and vibration sources. The UAV Ambient Power Supply prototype will be designed to generate 100 watts of power at a weight of less than 1 Kg. The UAV ambient power supply will reduce the UAV fuel consumption by eliminating or reducing the power consumed by an electromechanical generator. As a result, the UAV Ambient Power Supply will significantly extend UAV endurance, range, and sensor payload “time over target”.

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