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UQM Developing Electric Propulsion For Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicles

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Frederick CO (SPX) Aug 25, 2004
UQM Technologies, a developer of alternative energy technologies, announced Tuesday that it has received a $599,000 contract from the U.S. Marine Corps to develop a hybrid electric propulsion system to power small unmanned ground combat vehicles with vehicle weights of 500 pounds to one ton.

The propulsion system to be developed includes a 10 kW propulsion motor, an in-line planetary gear set and a dual motor controller with an integrated 60-hertz inverter, which will operate when the vehicle is stationary.

Inverters are used to convert direct current (DC) output of power generation equipment to 110/220-volt alternating current (AC). Many household and commercial products run on 110/220-volt AC and the vehicle will have the capability to power a variety of such accessories.

The contract provides for an initial period of performance of two years with additional options to 1) develop a generator and generator controller; 2) integrate the developed system into a vehicle platform; and 3) deliver additional hybrid electric systems for specific military platforms, which if exercised, will increase the value of the contract to $719,741.

Commenting on the award, UQM Technologies' Vice President of Operations, Ron Burton, said, "This contract represents an excellent opportunity for the Company to develop a dual use propulsion system that will not only meet the Marine Corps objective for their highly mobile and readily transportable small unmanned ground combat vehicle, but will also be ideally suited for a broad range of small commercial utility vehicles that are currently powered by lesser performing and inefficient brushed DC motors".

"The motors to be developed under this contract will be dimensionally sized and powered to be a replacement motor system for these commercial vehicles and we intend to aggressively pursue the adoption of this UQM(R) system with a variety of small vehicle manufacturers."

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Collaboration Of Manned, Unmanned Aircraft Demonstrated For UCAR Program
Owego NY (SPX) Aug 24, 2004
Lockheed Martin successfully completed a demonstration of manned and unmanned aircraft collaboration as one of the advanced command and control concepts it is developing for its Unmanned Combat Armed Rotorcraft (UCAR) program.

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