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Autonomous UAV Aerodynamic Performance Analysis for the Near-Ship Environment

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
83404
Program Year/Program:
2008 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N074-004-0095
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
N07-T004
Solicitation Number:
2007.
Small Business Information
Combustion Research and Flow Technology, Inc.
6210 Kellers Church Road Pipersville, PA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Autonomous UAV Aerodynamic Performance Analysis for the Near-Ship Environment
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-08-C-0327
Award Amount: $749,949.00
 

Abstract:

The overall goal of this STTR program is to develop an efficient, high-fidelity, CFD-based design tool for the simulation of ship-board flight testing of autonomous UAV systems. In Phase I, an overall flight simulation framework that employs a modular approach to the flight simulation problem was developed. The effort was successful in demonstrating a lower-cost aerodynamic modeling approach that can model a representative UAV rotorcraft recovering to a ship, with accuracy to within 20% of fully-coupled CFD methods and an order of magnitude reduction in simulation time/cost. The proposed Phase II program will address key improvements to the technology developed in Phase I that will permit its use for the simulation of autonomous UAV launch and recovery operations, namely the implementation of detailed rotor and flight controller models into the simulation framework. This development will be carried out in a comprehensive manner with companion experiments at the University of Florida designed to provide experimental data to validate the various components of the simulation software.

Principal Investigator:

Jeremy Shipman
Research Scientist
(215) 766-1520
shipman@craft-tech.com

Business Contact:

Neeraj Sinha
Vice President&Technical Director
(215) 766-1520
sinha@craft-tech.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

COMBUSTION RESEARCH & FLOW TECHNOLOGY, I
6210 Keller's Church Road Pipersville, PA 18947-1020

EIN/Tax ID: 232759059
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
UNIV. OF FLORIDA-REEF
Dept of Mech and Aero Engineer
1350 N. Poquito Road
Shalimar, FL 32579-
Contact: Lawrence Ukeiley
Contact Phone: (850) 833-9350