SatCon Technology Corp. (Cambridge, MA) recently announced it has received authorization to proceed on a subcontract for General Dynamics Land Systems (Warren, MI). The subcontract, valued at $1.1 million, is to develop a battery power converter for the Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Targeting Vehicle (RST-V) demonstrator.The RST-V is a V22 transportable manned vehicle demonstrator being developed under a Defense Research Project Agency (DARPA) program for the US Marine Corps. SatCon will deliver a lab prototype followed by four form, fit and function prototypes to be installed and tested in actual vehicles. According to SatCon, the company was awarded the contract because of its experience in developing power converters, motor controllers and power electronics for electric and hybrid vehicles."What's exciting is that the basic design of this converter is taken from other converter work SatCon is doing for electric vehicles. Anytime you can build off previous R&D development further improves your product base," explained David Eisenhaure, president and CEO of SatCon.