Powerplant development for a miniature tilt-body UAV having long endurance and VTOL capability

Period of Performance: 09/27/2011 - 03/28/2013

$500K

Phase 2 STTR

Recipient Firm

Aerovel Corporation
83 Oak Ridge Rd
White Salmon, WA 98672
Principal Investigator

Research Institution

University of Washington
Department of Aeronautics&Astronautics, Box 352250
Seattle, WA 98195
Institution POC

Abstract

We envision a class of miniature robotic aircraft dubbed Flexrotors which offer range, endurance, and economy at levels associated with wing-borne flight, together with capability for hover and VTOL. Such aircraft would use low-disc-loading rotors which must operate efficiently from zero advance ratio in thrust-borne flight, with rotor axis vertical, to high advance ratio in wing-borne cruise, with rotor axis horizontal. As Phase I completed we flew our first prototype in hover. Phase II would develop the rotor and powerplant necessary for demonstration of the full flight envelope, including endurance well over 24 hr.