Reduction of Structural Mass Fraction for Extreme Solar HALE Flying Wings

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$98,873.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-08-C-0076
Agency Tracking Number:
07SB2-0632
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB072-044
Solicitation Number:
2007.2
Small Business Information
ANDREWS SPACE, INC.
505 5th Ave S, Suite 300, Seattle, WA, 98104
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
007942662
Principal Investigator:
Dana Andrews
Chief Technology Officer
(206) 438-0630
dandrews@andrews-space.com
Business Contact:
Ginny Taman
Manager of Contracts & Subcontracts
(206) 438-0681
gtaman@andrews-space.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Andrews Space, Inc. proposes an innovative high altitude, long endurance (HALE) wing structural concept. The approach will be a careful optimization of the flexible and rigid structure to minimize mass. Additionally, a manufacturing feasibility study will be undertaken in order to determine if current industry tooling and methods are adequate. The effectiveness of HALE aircraft is highly dependant on mass fraction. A new structural concept is necessary to provide any drastic increase in mass fraction. By combining a new fabric technology with an innovative rigid structure, a new generation of HALE aircraft can be developed. In order to complete the atmospheric satellite missions that modern HALE aircraft strive to meet, a new type of structural design is necessary.

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