Coeur d’Alene-based Continuous Composites received a $750,000 Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract from the Department of Defense. The SBIR topic focuses on Attritable Structures, Engines, and Sensors of Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Systems and Space Systems.
The contract is in collaboration with the Air Force Research Laboratory and is to demonstrate Continuous Composite’s patented Continuous Fiber 3D Printing manufacturing process for a DoD multifunctional structural composite application, the company said. The primary technical objectives of this contract are to fabricate an organically integrated wing spar and rib configuration into a single component, resulting in a unitized wing frame for the Low-Cost Attritable Aircraft Technology/Platform.
11 federal agencies, ranging from the Department of Agriculture to the National Science Foundation, use the SBIR program to offer funding to startups. The Idaho Department of Commerce has been working to raise awareness of the program among Idaho startups.