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Unmanned Operation of Fly-by-wire Testbed Aircraft

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
92453
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N091-038-0482
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
5-D Systems Inc.
1 Chisholm Trail, Suite 3200 Round Rock, TX 78681-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Unmanned Operation of Fly-by-wire Testbed Aircraft
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68936-09-C-0044
Award Amount: $77,392.00
 

Abstract:

This project will evaluate the feasibility of developing a system to convert an existing, manned, non-mechanical, fly-by-wire (FBW) aircraft into a remotely-controlled, optionally-piloted vehicle (OPV). The capability to implement high-performance, tactical-envelope military aircraft as remotely-controlled testbeds is a critical capability for the military to enable low-risk development and operational testing of avionics and weapons systems in a safe, yet realistic manner. 5-D Systems' (5-D) approach is to supplement the aircraft's FBW flight control system with a high-level control capability that mimics the pilot's inputs while the aircraft's FBW system handles lower level control and actual movement of the control effectors and surfaces. This approach results in a fully-capable OPV system because there will be no impact to manned operation, no software modification to the existing system, and limited OPV-specific airborne components, thereby providing an innovative, low cost solution to FBW OPV development. By combining 5-D's experience in developing OPV systems and Gauss Management Research and Engineering's (GMRE) F-16 and FBW-specific design/support knowledge, 5-D plans to confirm the system feasibility by developing a preliminary design that converts an existing FBW aircraft into an effective OPV to meet the Navy requirement for safe and realistic avionics and weapon system testing.

Principal Investigator:

Steve Fendley
President
5122389840
steve.fendley@5dsystems.com

Business Contact:

Kelly Looney
President
5122389840
kelly.looney@5dsystems.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

5-D SYSTEMS, INC.
1 Chisholm Trail, Suite 3200 Round Rock, TX 78664

EIN/Tax ID: 742928003
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No