LaunchPoint News

LaunchPoint Technologies Announces Award Selection for DoD-Army Phase II SBIR

Posted on Mon, Jul 22, 2019

LaunchPoint Technologies was recently selected for the award of a DoD-Army Phase II SBIR: "Electric Machines and Hybrid Drives for Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Tactical Air Vehicles"

A hybrid electric vehicle architecture can use the low-weight, high-power advantage of electric motors in conjunction with the high specific energy of liquid fuel to create a VTOL aircraft capable of long missions. A transitioning vehicle is an ideal architecture for hybrid propulsion technology due to the large difference in power for hover and cruise. In this system, the battery power would augment the liquid fuel for hover and then switch to exclusively liquid fuel during cruise. Transitioning vehicles that rely on conventional liquid fuel architectures are very complex and suffer from the limited specific power of liquid fuel engines and high hover power requirements; hybrid technology can enable simple architectures for transitioning vehicles and take advantage of high specific power electric motors. High-reliability hybrid-electric transitioning vehicles could replace many of the Army’s large UAVs that currently need a catapult system, or a runway for takeoff. A highly reliable hybrid propulsion system is the key ingredient for these types of VTOL UAVs. In this phase I, LaunchPoint Technologies plans to further develop a hybrid propulsion system in the 80 kW range for VTOL systems with an innovative fault detection and response module.

Link to Army SBIR Announcement Website

LaunchPoint Technologies Awarded DoD-Army Phase I SBIR

Posted on Fri, Aug 31, 2018

 

LaunchPoint Technologies Awarded DoD-Army SBIR Phase I "Hybrid VTOL Aircraft Propulsion System"

Hybrid-electric transitioning vehicles could replace many of the Army’s large UAVs that currently need a catapult system or a runway for takeoff.  A hybrid propulsion system is the key ingredient for these types of VTOL UAVs.  In this Phase I, LaunchPoint Technologies plans to develop a hybrid propulsion system in the 80 kW range for VTOL systems. (Principal Investigator: Dave Paden)

 
 

LaunchPoint Technologies Awarded NASA Phase I SBIR

Posted on Wed, Aug 8, 2018

 

LaunchPoint Technologies Awarded NASA SBIR Phase I "Energy Management for Electric Flight"

The management of energy micro-grids in electrically-powered aircraft is complex and challenging – especially with the safety and redundancy requirements for aircraft carrying people. In this SBIR project, LaunchPoint will address micro-grid management using reconfigurable component and system models combined with real-time system optimization. With this approach, energy is conserved and rapid reconfiguration is achieved in the event of faults. (Principal Investigator: Dr. Brad Paden)

 
 

Army Research Labs Announces Collaboration with Uber and LaunchPoint Technologies

Posted on Tue, May 8, 2018

U.S. Army Research Labs and Uber announce key Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) that includes LaunchPoint technologies. Read more by clicking the link below:

ARL and Uber Announce CRADA

 
 

LaunchPoint Technologies is Now Hiring: Embedded Software and Controls Engineer

Posted on Thu, Apr 26, 2018

Embedded Software and Controls Engineer

LPT is looking for an Embedded Software/Controls Engineer to assist with the continuing development of our hybrid-electric UAV motor controllers and associated power electronics.

Job duties include, but are not limited to: Refactoring and improving our embedded firmware code base for high power motor controllers, using field oriented control methods (15 kW, 40 kW), this will also include our gen-sets and hybrid power management system for UAVs and personal air vehicles.  Validation testing (both hardware and software) of the resulting systems, documenting performance, discovering bugs and fixing them, and innovating new features/functionality will be required.  Interaction with the mechanical/thermal and electrical team members will be required and likely cross over into helping with those areas will be frequent once the embedded firmware is in better shape. 

This position requires access to systems/tools that are restricted to individuals who possess US Citizenship.

 

Responsibilities:

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to, those listed below:

Development of motor controller embedded software using embedded C for TI processors

Creation of LabVIEW VIs for motor controller and motor testing

Test and tune motors and motor controllers

Troubleshoot and support for embedded systems using equipment such as oscilloscopes, logic analyzers and DMMs


Required Skills:
The successful applicant must have the specific education/experience requirements below: 

BS in CE or EE, with relevant experience

Previous experience with embedded software and general hardware

Proficient use of typical CE/EE lab equipment: oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, and multimeters

Ability to work both independently as well as with team members

Proficient in C, embedded C

 

Desired Skills:
Analog and digital PCB development experience, including full documentation and validation

Design experience with  OrCAD, SOLIDWORKS

Simulation experience with  PSpice

Control Systems modeling in MATLAB/Simulink

Feedback loop experimental characterization and correlation with theoretical models

Multi-disciplinary skill sets (electrical, mechanical, high voltage lab testing) as well as strong software architecture skills desired

 

Compensation:

Competitive compensation structure (D.O.E.)

 

Schedule

Full-Time, Monday to Friday, 8:00AM to 5:00PM

 

Benefits include:

Employer matched retirement plan

Employer subsidized healthcare

Paid holidays, PTO combined vacation and sick time, etc.

Growth opportunities available for the right candidate

 

LaunchPoint Technologies provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. This position requires access to systems/tools that are restricted to individuals who possess US Citizenship.

 
Please Send Your Cover Letter and Resume to:
jobs@launchpnt.com
 
 

Come Visit LaunchPoint at AHS Forum 74

Posted on Wed, Apr 18, 2018
LaunchPoint Technologies will be attending AHS International's Forum 74 from May 14th to May 18th in Phoenix, Az. Please come visit LaunchPoint's VP of Engineering, Mike Ricci, on Monday, May 14th when Mike will give a short talk on permanent magnet electric motors and VTOL technology.
 
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Come Visit LaunchPoint at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018

Posted on Mon, Mar 26, 2018
LaunchPoint Technologies will be attending AUVSI 2018. Please come visit us at HFE International's booth 2117, where we'll be showcasing our advanced hybrid electric UAV power and propulsion systems.
 
 
 
 

LaunchPoint Technologies is Now Hiring: Technician

Posted on Wed, Mar 21, 2018

Assembly & Machine Shop Technician

LPT is seeking a well-rounded assembly and machine shop technician to work on exciting and dynamic aerospace projects. This person will perform a variety of duties associated with the fabrication, assembly, and inspection of complex aerospace components. Job duties will be split into two areas: Area 1 duties include electrical assembly, mechanical assembly, and inspection of advanced electric motor/alternator/generator components including stator winding, potting, and magnet bonding. Area 2 duties include skilled manufacturing of parts using standard machine shop tools such as manual mill, toolroom lathe, drill press, and band saw. Additional job duties include using specialized assembly tools and fixturing, inspection microscopes, micrometers, and dial indicators. We will train the right candidate in either area as necessary.

 

Candidate will be required to take designs from “print to part” with a high degree of accuracy, precision, and efficiency while maintaining a close working relationship with engineering staff.

 

Advanced training could include CNC operation, and MIG/TIG welding as well as CAD/CAM software use.

 

Required Skills:

1 to 2 years experience in either mechanical assembly or machining

Ability to methodically follow a specified process while meticulously documenting all work

Ability to read and comprehend mechanical drawings and data sheets

Basic use of hand tools, i.e., cordless drill, various saws, and grinders

Basic use of machine shop equipment and tools, i.e., drill press, band saw, and sanders

Basic use of soldering iron and basic soldering techniques

Ability to lift and control a minimum of 20 lbs

Ability to use Office software including Outlook, Word, and Excel

 

Desired Skills:

3 to 5 years experience in either mechanical assembly or machining

CNC mill operation

3D CAD/CAM experience

Previous mechanical assembly experience

Previous electrical assembly experience

 

Compensation:

Competitive compensation structure with hourly wage $15.00/hr to $22.00/hr (D.O.E.)

 

Schedule:

Full-Time

Monday to Friday, 8:00AM to 5:00PM

 

 

Benefits include:
Employer matched retirement plan

Employer subsidized healthcare

Paid holidays, PTO combined vacation and sick time, etc.

Growth opportunities available for the right candidate

 

LaunchPoint Technologies provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

 Please send your resume to:
jobs@launchpnt.com
 
 

LaunchPoint Technologies Celebrates 25 Years of Innovation

Posted on Mon, Aug 21, 2017

LaunchPoint Technologies is proud to celebrate 25 years of outstanding innovation in science and engineering. 

 

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Personnel Spotlight: LP Intern Stephen Lantin

Posted on Mon, Aug 21, 2017

LaunchPoint Technologies is very proud to be working with a group of highly skilled and motivated students. As part of our continuing personnel spotlight series, we'd like to introduce you to one of our interns:

Stephen Lantin is a rising third-year chemical engineering major at UC Santa Barbara with a penchant for process control and design.

Stephen joined LaunchPoint Technologies in January as an engineering intern, assisting in the quality assurance of LP’s Halbach array brushless DC motors. He was also responsible for the management of inventory for our Electric Tail Rotor contract with the US Navy. This summer, Stephen is interning for the Aerodynamics and Propulsion Branch of NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, working remotely at LaunchPoint to test and characterize a motor controller for the Hybrid-Electric Integrated Systems Testbed (HEIST) project. The HEIST project aims to develop electric propulsion systems for the next generation of small aircraft.

Previously, Stephen has also worked as a technology marketing intern for UC Santa Barbara’s Office of Technology & Industry Alliances (the on-campus technology transfer office) and performed research on nanowire-based supercapacitors with the Penner Research Group at UC Irvine. In his spare time, you can find him absorbed in science fiction novels (Dune, Seveneves, and the I, Robot anthology are his favorites), on the hunt for the best stocks, or enjoying the outdoors in the typical Eagle-Scout fashion. He dreams of working in an interdisciplinary team that designs large-scale space habitats.