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Modular Motor Drive with Programming and Configuration Tools for the Development of Small Aircraft Electric Power and Propulsion Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-15-M-2603
Agency Tracking Number: F151-070-1581
Amount: $149,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF151-070
Solicitation Number: 2015.1
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-07-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-04-15
Small Business Information
300 Bear Hill Rd
Waltham, MA 02451
United States
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Guy Fichera
 Director, Industrial & Commercial
 (781) 314-0718
Business Contact
 Mark Smithers
Phone: (781) 314-0714
Research Institution

ABSTRACT: Boston Engineering proposes the development a flexible motor control system (FlexMC) that allows UAV system developers to rapidly develop custom motor control algorithms used for propulsion systems. This system can easily be applied to developers of other unmanned systems as well as other industries where developers can focus on the system level control design and leverage the advanced motor control capabilities built into the FlexMC. The hardware system consists of a control processor board, interchangeable power stages (0.5 to 30kW), and an expansion module for system specific needs. The flexible software platform can be programmed or modified at three distinct levels, depending on end users preference, skills, and level of customization required: Embedded C-code, Matlab / Simulink with auto-generated C-code capability and GUI interface (base control algorithm is pre-programmed user has the ability to change motor, PID, and velocity profile parameters, among others. The key benefits are reduced risk, reduced development time, and technology advancement by allowing systems developers to focus on higher level system challenges. BENEFIT: Benefits: - Advancement in propulsion control systems for UAVs - Reduced development risk through model based time - Reduce development time and cost Commercialization - UAV systems as well as ground and air unmanned systems - Ruggedized industrial drive systems that need to meet future efficiency standards

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