NASA SBIR 02-1 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER:02- A3.01-8431 (For NASA Use Only - Chron: 023568 )
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Small Aircraft Transportation System Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: Gyroplane Development and Demonstration using a Unique Bearingless Rotor System

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Global Technology Connection Inc
2839 Paces Ferry Rd. #1160
Marietta , GA   30339 - 5770
(770 ) 803 - 3001

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Ash Thakker
athakker@globaltechinc.com
2839 Paces Ferry Rd. #1160
Marietta , GA   30339 - 0000
(770 ) 803 - 3001

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
It is well known that an outstanding way to achieve a reduction in landing and takeoff speeds is with a hybrid rotary wing and fixed wing aircraft, such as a gyroplane. However, while there are two U.S. companies pursuing development of gyroplanes, Groen Brothers and Carter Copter, neither has included a rotor system that is easy to fly or can adequately control rotor blade flapping during the critical flight conditions.

A far superior rotor for gyroplanes is the Hanson Elastic Articulated (EA) bearingless rotor that grew out of Lockheed California in the early 1960s for light commercial helicopters. It was later further developed on an autogyro by Mr. Tom Hanson.Georgia Tech ASDL has been working with him in evaluating and analyzing the EA bearingless rotor. The inherent features of the EA Rotor look just as promising today, and can provide the missing link in making gyroplanes true PAVs.

This proposal seeks to fulfill the promise of the gyroplane as a personal air vehicle. In Phase I the scientific, technical, and feasibility of the proposed innovation will be demonstrated. It will include a sound business plan outline for production, with a technical plan providing for compatibility with the emerging National Airspace System architecture and a certification plan. This will be accomplished with the assistance of two other organizations in addition to ASD, LLC. These are the Georgia Tech ASDL and Eagle Aviation Technologies Inc.Based on the demonstrated technical feasibility demonstrated in Phase I, the Phase II program will be used to demonstrate through flight testing the innovative gyroplane concept. This will include testing that can be used in conjunction with the certification and business plan developed in Phase I.

POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
Many commercial uses of Personal Air Vehicles can be envisioned in the commercial world. Personal transport, medical transport, emergency personnel, security personnel and recreational uses.

POTENTIAL NASA APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
Under the Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS) Technologies, NASA is seeking Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) advanced concepts that reduce the landing speed for FAR Part 23 aircraft under 6,000 pounds. Advanced concepts for roadable aircraft are also desired. This category must include a sound business plan outline for production, with a technical plan providing for compatibility with the emerging National Airspace System architecture and a certification plan to meet FARS: Part 103 (Ultra-lite vehicle, Part 21.12 (Primary Category Aircraft), Part 23 (Certified Aircraft) or Part 27 (Rotorcraft), or Part 21.191 Advisory Circular AC No: 20-27 series (Experimental Homebuilt Aircraft)


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