Business

May 14, 2014

UTC Aerospace Systems to continue development of a UUV energy-dense PES propulsion system

UTC Aerospace Systems has been selected by the Office of Naval Research to proceed with the next phases of the Long Endurance Undersea Vehicle Propulsion energy program.

During these follow-on phases, UTC Aerospace Systems (formerly Hamilton Sundstrand) will continue the design and development of a Proton Exchange Membrane based Fuel Cell Energy System for a 21-inch diameter Unmanned Undersea Vehicle.

The work will be performed by the company’s ISR and Space Systems team.  UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp.

The PES would replace existing battery systems, providing greater range and operational flexibility to the U.S. Navy.  The overall objective of the program is completion of a TRL (technology readiness level) 6 demonstration.  In the recently completed phase, the system operated successfully for over 30 hours using an integrated cryogenic reactant system and fuel cell power plant to provide 42 kWh of total energy over a power range of 100 to 3800 watts.  Major features include a qualified fuel cell stack design, simple balance of plant and dense reactant storage. This simple system architecture is a safe, reliable and affordable solution for a 21-inch diameter vehicle which is scalable to larger displacement UUVs and enables the broad range of operational capability needed for future autonomous underwater vehicle missions.

“The fuel cell hardware design selected for the LEUVP program is identical to that being used for our qualified Fuel Cell Power Module on the Spanish Navy’s S-80 submarine,” said G. Allen Flynt, general manager, Space Systems, UTC Aerospace Systems.  “With this heritage we feel that we are well-placed with our partners to deliver a proven option to ONR and the U.S. Navy on this program.”

UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries. UTC Aerospace Systems supports a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and customer service facilities.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Northrop Grumman signs long-term agreement with Raytheon

Northrop Grumman has entered a long-term agreement with Raytheon to supply its LN-200 Inertial Measurement Unit for Raytheon optical targeting systems. The long-term agreement with Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems business extends through 2018. The LN-200 provides camera stabilization on optical targeting systems that conduct long-range surveillance and target acquisition for various...
 
 
AAR-Textron

AAR awarded new contract from Bell Helicopter Textron to support T64 engines

AAR announced April 22 that Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. awarded its Defense Systems & Logistics business unit a contract providing warehouse and logistics services in support of upgrading T64 engines for the Bell V-280 Val...
 
 

Pratt & Whitney’s engine wins Gold Edison Award™

Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ engine has been awarded Gold in the transportation- aviation category of the 2015 Edison Awards. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp. “Our dedication to innovation and identifying ways to continuously improve is in our blood at Pratt & Whitney,” said Greg Gernhardt, president, Pratt &...
 

 

Boeing names Space Launch System VP

Boeing has named John Shannon to be vice president and program manager for the Space Launch System, which will provide NASA with heavy-lift capability to send people and cargo into deep space. Boeing is designing, developing, testing and manufacturing the core stages and avionics for SLS. Shannon succeeds Virginia “Ginger” Barnes, who is retiring. He...
 
 

Germany’s Jenoptik, Raytheon partner to produce new generators for global Patriot

Raytheon is partnering with the Jenoptik subsidiary Lechmotoren, a part of the Jenoptik Defense & Civil Systems division, to produce advanced power generators for the Patriot Air and Missile Defense system. Under terms of this new contract, Jenoptik will build power plants, power generators, test equipment and spares for one of Patriot’s global partners. Raytheon...
 
 

Boeing tops first quarter profit forecasts, airplane deliveries rise

Boeing delivered more commercial airliners in the first quarter, offsetting sluggish results in the defense side of its business and pushing its first-quarter earnings up 38 percent. The profit topped Wall Street expectations, but revenue was below forecasts, and production costs of the Boeing 787 jet continued to pile up. The shares fell about 4...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>