Northwest UAV Propulsion Systems Awarded STTR Research & Development Grant to develop Advanced Materials for the Design of Lightweight JP5/JP8/DS2 Fueled Engines for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).
McMinnville, Oregon. January 6, 2011 – Northwest UAV Propulsion Systems has been awarded a Navy Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) Research & Development Grant to develop Advanced Materials for the Design of Lightweight JP5/JP8/DS2 Fueled Engines for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).
NW UAV has teamed with Oregon State University to develop a ceramic material set to be used in portions of the NWUAV 34cc engine to take advantage of performance enhancements of Silicon Nitride's ability to retain heat and operate at high temperatures. NW UAV and OSU will be enhancing the processing characteristics and properties of Si3N4 by using nanoparticle additions to micron-sized powders in polymer suspensions. Work will be performed at Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon; with engineering, testing and engine design to be performed at NW UAV's research & development facilities in McMinnville, Oregon.
This contract is managed by This contract is managed by the Navy SBIR Program Office (Code 4.12.5). and occurs at the midpoint of a MEMS Fuel Injection project funded by The Microproducts Breakthrough Institute http://mbi-online.org/mems-fuel-injector at the Hewlett Packard Campus in Corvallis. “This new Heavy Fuel Engine will be an excellent candidate for our MEMS Fuel Injection System; offering fuel consumption improvements and longer life engine technology for Small Unmanned Aerial Systems(SUAS) and Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAs)”, commented Chris Harris, President NW UAV.
Northwest UAV Propulsion Systems Inc. Northwest UAV Propulsion Systems builds UAV engines and support systems for any UAV propulsion need. We pride ourselves on our turn-key solutions.. If it can be designed, NW UAV can build it. Our systems include solutions for unmanned vehicles of all types - in the air on land and in the water. At NWUAV we offer more than just engines, we build UAV control systems. Ink-jet Fuel Injection; cutting edge fuel efficiency using patented HP technology exclusive to NW UAV. Laser-sinter systems: manufacturing of lightweight products of any complexity from polyamide or polystyrene materials directly from CAD data.
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