Small, hybrid-powered, manpackable UAV is goal of Air Force SURGE-V program
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 2 Feb. 2011. U.S. Air Force researchers are asking industry to build a hybrid-powered manpackable unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that weighs less than 20 pounds and is able to carry a 4-pound electro-optical payload on missions over rough terrain lasting at least four hours. This small UAV must be able to be carried and operated by only one person on battlefield situational awareness missions.
The SURGE-V program is in three parts. First, the program seeks to design a hybrid propulsion system that runs on renewable energy. Second, the program will concentrate on demonstrating the integrated power system and payload on a SURGE-V UAV. Third, the program will conduct flight demonstrations of the integrated system.
The total cost of the program will be about $2.2 million, Air Force officials say.
Companies interested should respond no later than 11 March 2011, to the Air Force Research Laboratory, Propulsion Directorate, AFRL/RZPS Thermal & Electrochemical Branch, 1950 Fifth St., Bldg 18, Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45440-7251.
For technical questions or concerns contact the Air Force's Mike Rottmayer by e-mail at Michael.Rottmayer@wpafb.af.mil, or by post at Air Force Research Laboratory, 1950 Fifth St., Bldg 18, Wright Patterson AFB, OH 45433.
For contracting questions contact the Air Force's Charlotte Chumack by e-mail at Charlotte.Chumack@wpafb.af.mil, or by post to Det 1 AFRL/PKPA, Charlotte Chumack, Contracting Officer, 2310 Eight St., Bldg 167, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433-7801.
More information is online at https://www.fbo.gov/spg/USAF/AFMC/AFRLWRS/BAA-11-01-PKP/listing.html.