ElectraFly to improve fabrication process of carbon fiber aircraft parts with two Small Business Technology Transfer Grants
NORTH SALT LAKE, Utah – November 19, 2020 — ElectraFly, an aviation company focused on building, programming, and operating drones, including a personal mobility aircraft, today announced it won two grants from the United States Air Force (USAF). The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants focus on composite material innovations for drones and advanced air mobility aircraft that can benefit USAF and also be commercially developed.
ElectraFly’s winning proposals were developed with the help of the Utah Advanced Materials & Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI). The first grant is for the fabrication of aircraft parts using a Carbon Based Additive Manufacturing (CBAM) provided by ElectraFly partner Impossible Objects. The parts will then be tested by Weber State University’s composites lab.
The second grant uses a resin infusion process to create carbon fiber coat on other 3D printed aircraft parts. These parts will be created with project partner Hexcel and tested at Brigham Young University’s composites lab.
“We are fortunate to have some of the best and brightest around us when we look at these winning proposals and the work being done here in Utah,” said John Manning, ElectraFly co-founder and director of development. “This accelerates our vision of advanced mobility aircraft for the military and in future urban scenarios.”
“These wins position Utah as a leader in composites research for advanced mobility aircraft, which is the fastest-growing market in aviation,” said Dr. Tulinda Larsen, Executive Director, UAMMI.
Each winning grant will be awarded a maximum of $150,000 in this first of a three-phase program. The objective of Phase 1 is to determine the scientific, technical and commercial merit as well as the feasibility of the innovations. Phase 1 projects are to be completed over the next six months with the possibility of follow-on funding for Phase 2 and 3 up to an additional $750,000. The Air Force SBIR/STTR Program collaborates with programs such as AFWERX as a catalyst for agile Air Force engagement across the industry.
ElectraFly is an aviation company focused on building, programming, and operating drones and related technologies. It has been recognized for its work developing a hybrid-electric, personal flying vehicle. It has international patent-pending innovations to increase the lift capacity and flight times for vertical take-off and landing aircraft of any size. ElectraFly innovations aim to expand today’s use of unmanned aerial vehicles, which are often limited to only carry cameras or sensors. Founded in 2017, ElectraFly offers unique and scalable innovations for the future of urban air mobility—in personal transport and package delivery. For more information, visit electrafly.com.
Founded in 2014, the Utah Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI) brings together public, private, community, industry and education partners to assure growth and sustainability of Utah’s advanced materials and manufacturing industry and maintain Utah’s leadership in this key global industry. www.UAMMI.org