In order to achieve maximum operational performance, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) must be able to complete missions in adverse weather conditions, such as light to moderate icing. Decreased flight performance and aborted missions occur when a UAS is unable to meet these challenges.
The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) and Battelle Memorial Institute established a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to develop affordable, lightweight, easily-adaptable ice protection technology.
For the Air Force, this agreement supports research and development efforts for discovering an ice protection system that contributes to enhanced performance and less aborted missions. These types of agreements also allow the Air Force to explore technological developments without committing funding.
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