Powered Paraglider with Increased Capabilities
Navy SBIR 2020.1 - Topic N201-003
MCSC - Mr. Jeffrey Kent - email@example.com
Opens: January 14, 2020 - Closes: February 12, 2020 (8:00 PM ET)
AREA(S): Air Platform
PROGRAM: Airborne Reconnaissance Equipment
Develop a powered paraglider capable of launching reconnaissance forces from
naval shipping and transiting to shore.
Current powered paragliders (PPGs) are generally used as recreational vehicles
in the United States and Europe with most of the manufacturing taking place in
Europe. Current PPGs are generally either foot or wheel launched. PPGs in the
United States are regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under
Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 103: Ultralight Vehicles. FAR Part 103
limits PPGs to operating during hours of daylight, weigh less than 254 pounds
empty, have a fuel capacity not exceeding 5 U.S. gallons, are not capable of
more than 55 knots of calibrated airspeed at full power in level flight, and
have a power off stall speed which does not exceed 24 knots calibrated airspeed.
Develop concepts for a PPG meeting the requirements described above.
Demonstrate the feasibility of the concepts in meeting Marine Corps needs and
establish the concepts for development into a useful product for the Marine
Corps. Establish feasibility through material testing and analytical modeling,
as appropriate. Provide a Phase II development plan with performance goals and
key technical milestones and that addresses technical risk reduction.
Develop a prototype for evaluation. Evaluate the prototype to determine its
capability in meeting the performance goals defined in the Phase II development
plan and the Marine Corps requirements for the PPG. Demonstrate system
performance through prototype evaluation and modeling or analytical methods
over the required range of parameters including numerous deployment cycles. Use
evaluation results to refine the prototype into an initial design that will
meet Marine Corps requirements. Prepare a Phase III development plan to
transition the technology to Marine Corps use.
DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Support the Marine Corps in transitioning the technology
for Marine Corps use. Develop a PPG for evaluation to determine its
effectiveness in an operationally relevant environment. Support the Marine
Corps for test and validation to certify and qualify the system for Marine
Stevan, Tirnanic, Saša, Ilic, Zoran & Brkljac, Nenko. ” APPLICATIONS OF
POWERED PARAGLIDERS IN MILITARY, POLICE SPECIAL FORCES, SEARCHING AND RESCUE
UNITS”. 6th International Scientific Conference on Defensive Technologies,
Belgrade, Serbia, 9-10 October 2014. 10.13140/2.1.1245.9529.
Andras and Rohacs, Jozsef, “UNMANNED MEASUREMENT PLATFORM FOR PARAGLIDERS.”
28th International Congress of the Aeronautical Sciences, 2012. http://www.icas.org/ICAS_ARCHIVE/ICAS2012/PAPERS/832.PDF
3. Goin, J.
The Powered Paragliding Bible 5: A Complete Guide and Reference for Paramotor
Pilots. Polk City, FL: Airhead Creations dba FootFlyer.com, 2018. https://books.google.com/books/about/The_Powered_Paragliding_Bible_5.html?id=vnekswEACAAJ
Michael. “The Icarus Race: Into the Wild With a Fan on Your Back”. Air &
Space Magazine, September 2017. https://www.airspacemag.com/flight-today/icarus-race-180964345/
Paraglider; Electric; Motor; Ultralight Vehicle; Powered; Engine