Ultra-Compact Power System for Small Unmanned Aerial Systems

Period of Performance: 05/20/2011 - 11/20/2011


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Creare, Inc.
16 Great Hollow Road Array
Hanover, NH 03755
Principal Investigator


Air-launched, small unmanned aerial systems (SUAS) offer the potential for a tremendous increase in airborne sensing and ground support capability. However, breakthrough power technology is needed to enable these systems to reach their potential. We propose to develop a power system designed to meet the extremely challenging performance, operational, and environmental requirements for service on air-launched SUAS. The system comprises an innovative hydrogen generator combined with a PEM fuel cell. The proposed system is lightweight, compact, safe, and compatible with a wide range of environmental conditions. In Phase I we will prove the feasibility of our approach through laboratory demonstrations, design trade-off and optimization studies, and conceptual design. In Phase II we will produce a complete, prototype power system, integrate with a SUAS, and demonstrate air-launch capability.