TALOS Hybrid Electric Power Unit

Period of Performance: 06/24/2015 - 10/24/2016

$1.5MM

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Cornerstone Research Group, Inc.
2750 Indian Ripple Road Array
Dayton, OH 45440
Firm POC
Principal Investigator

Abstract

The TALOS ensemble is a new initiative in USSOCOM that is intended to provide solutions for the enhanced mobility/protection/situational awareness capabilities to augment the direct assaulter. As such, the power supply for the TALOS ensemble will need to provide sufficient, dependable power to ensure rapid, unencumbered movement of the operator. Desired attributes of the power system also include light weight, low noise, and low to no thermal signature. Power sources should not require introduction of a new logistics fuel to the battlefield. The power source shall produce 4-5kW of power continuously for a non-tethered 12 hour mission. The system shall be compatible with shore power (i.e. helicopter power, ship power, Forward Operating Base grid power, indigenous power infrastructure in the operational area). The power supply shall be able to utilize extraction platforms (e.g., helicopters and small craft) power to commence immediate system recharge. The power supply shall be able to scavenge power from sources found on a battlefield (i.e. power lines, car batteries, solar, 110/220VAC power outlets, etc.). The power supply shall be rechargeable and ready for the next mission within 6 hours. The size of the power source shall not exceed 15 x 10 x 5. The weight of the power source shall not exceed 15 pounds. The power source shall be nonflammable. A secondary objective of this effort is to enable Special Operations Forces wearing exoskeleton type equipment to more easily carry the weight normally carried by an operator while hiking over long distances.