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Agency:    Department of Defense--Military
Bureau:    Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation
Account:    Research, development, test, and evaluation, Air Force (57-3600)
Certifying Official:    Deputy Comptroller Program/Budget
Contact Information:    http://WWW.DOD.GOV   703-697-5131
Unique Stealth UAV Houck Aircraft Design Program (Note; Only to continue and expand the existing program)

2 recipients will receive $1,075,000. This is a first-time earmark.
Year Enacted: 2005
Description: It was decided that the first step should be to assess the basic aerodynamic performance of the aircraft for which Mr. Houck had applied for a patent (United States Patent Application 20050173592 for a 'Lifting Foil' ' see Appendix A for copy of title page). The plan for the execution of the FY05 program follows a two phased approach toward that end: Phase 1) Gross aerodynamic assessment of the Houck aircraft configuration, and Phase 2) Detailed evaluation of Houck aircraft design. Progression to phase two requires meeting a set of aerodynamic evaluation criteria established by government engineers, based on characteristics typical of current small intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) UAVs employed by the USAF; if the criteria are not met, the program will be halted. Plans for the FY06 program are not yet finalized, but will likely target two main objectives: Objective 1) Suitability to various USAF missions, and Objective 2) Small ISR UAV prototype flight testing. The prime contractor will likely be WBI, and the sub-recipients will likely be IHE and UDRI; collaboration with the Air Force Institute of Technology is also expected.
Beneficiary/Recipient Amount ($K) Program Type Address
Wright Brothers Institute, Inc $0 Non-Profit
Dayton, OH
Mr. Ronald G. Houck II via Wright Brothers Institute, Inc $1,075 Other
Beavercreek, OH
Source: Appropriations Report Language - Conference
Reference: 108-622
Location: Line 5, Page 321
Citation Excerpt: Unique Stealth UAV Houck Aircraft Design Program (Note; Only to continue and expand the existing program)

Last Modified: 16-Apr-2007

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