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Micro Munition Technologies: Smart Material-Enabled Hovering Ducted-Fan MAV,…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
79029
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-141-2500
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
AVID LLC
120 Newsome Drive Suite A Yorktown, VA 23692-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Micro Munition Technologies: Smart Material-Enabled Hovering Ducted-Fan MAV, Optimized for BDI Mission
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8651-07-C-0091
Award Amount: $749,999.00
 

Abstract:

AVID proposes a smart material-enabled hovering ducted-fan micro air vehicle (MAV) to greatly enhance the bomb damage information (BDI) capabilities of the U.S. Air Force. Such a design offers a more intuitive search capability for the BDI mission. Unlike fixed-wing MAVs, a ducted-fan MAV would stop, hover, and investigate an area, rotating to pan the sensor right and left, zooming in and out: observing much like a human would investigate an area. Phase I results showed that a ducted-fan MAV could carry up to six times more electronics and payload than a similarly sized fixed-wing MAV. Modeling, design, and wind tunnel testing of innovative smart material-based control effectors will be a main focus of this effort. Flight control laws will be developed to fully leverage the new control effectors, and flight simulations will be used to evaluate the merit of the new technologies. Prototypes of each smart material subcomponent will be used to quantify potential weight and power advantages. AVID SPOT (Software Pixels On Target) will utilize flight simulation results to evaluate the quality of the sensor performance during a BDI mission. Finally, a vehicle design with integrated smart material control effectors will be presented for fabrication in Phase III.

Principal Investigator:

Paul Gelhausen
CTO
5409610067
pgelhausen@avidllc.biz

Business Contact:

Nanci Hardwick
CFO
5409610067
nanci@avidllc.biz
Small Business Information at Submission:

AVID LLC
1750 Kraft Drive, Suite 1400 Blacksburg, VA 24060

EIN/Tax ID: 061637406
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No