Robust Energy Sources for Intelligence Logistics In Extreme Novel and Challenging Environments (RESILIENCE)

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Reliable sources of power are a key enabler for many intelligence missions. The IC has some portable power needs that are similar to those of any other large enterprise; for example, to support its mobile workforce by providing power for handheld and other mobile devices. However, the IC also has mission needs for power that are far more challenging than those of the private sector to enable intelligence missions, such as powering unmanned robots or vehicles that keep IC personnel out of harm’s way or powering electronic devices that are placed in extreme environments where they must function unattended for long periods of time. For some IC applications, quiet operation and minimal generation of heat are preferred. Collectively, the IC’s needs for power present an extremely challenging set of requirements to power solutions experts: unyielding volume and mass limitations, unobtrusive operation, maximum lifetime and reliability, and operation in extreme environments.

Consider, for example, the case of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), which need both maximum flight times and very high power bursts for Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) and to hover in place. Moreover, their power solutions must meet strict volume and weight constraints. Compared to UAVs for commercial applications such as package delivery, RESILIENCE will focus on powering UAVs that have longer flight ranges, longer flight times, quieter operation, and optimized performance under a wider variety of environmental conditions.

Consider, as a second example, unattended electronic devices that may lie dormant for many months but may need to provide occasional bursts of power on demand. Such electronic devices may be subjected to extreme environmental conditions (temperature and humidity) and must have a calendar life of up to two years.

Developing novel power solutions for these two example applications, UAVs and unattended electronic devices, as well as many other challenging applications is the subject of the RESILIENCE program. Objectives of the RESILIENCE program include power solutions with high energy density, high power density, long calendar life, quiet operation, and robustness to extreme environmental conditions such as large temperature fluctuations, vibration, shock, overcharge and complete discharge.

 

 

Contracting Office Address

Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity
Washington, DC 20511

Primary Point of Contact

Dawson Cagle
Program Manager
dni-iarpa-baa-20-02@iarpa.gov