Reduction of Structural Mass Fraction for Extreme Solar HALE Flying Wings

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-08-C-0076
Agency Tracking Number: 07SB2-0632
Amount: $98,873.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: SB072-044
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
505 5th Ave S, Suite 300, Seattle, WA, 98104
DUNS: 007942662
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Dana Andrews
 Chief Technology Officer
 (206) 438-0630
Business Contact
 Ginny Taman
Title: Manager of Contracts & Subcontracts
Phone: (206) 438-0681
Research Institution
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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