Vectored-Thrust MAV for BDI Operations in Urban Environments
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG), proposes to design and demonstrate a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) micro air vehicle (MAV) with vectored thrust for high maneuverability and platform stability. CRG will design and demonstrate a MAV providing the capabilities necessary for operating in cluttered urban environments while transferring real time reconnaissance information for bomb damage information (BDI). The proposed multi-degree-of-freedom (DOF) MAV will use a vectored thrust propulsion system designed to allow the MAV body to remain level during all stages of flight while providing high maneuverability for collision avoidance in low-altitude operations. Lightweight structural components are essential to the design of a VTOL MAV where thrust-to-weight ratios greater than 1 are required. To accomplish this, CRG will employ its lightweight high-strength syntactic materials in the design of the MAV structure. Obstacle avoidance is a crucial component for low-altitude operations. In Phase II CRG will design and develop an autonomous obstacle avoidance system for the MAV. In addition, CRG will integrate complete communication and navigation systems for the MAV. At the completion of Phase II CRG will demonstrate the MAV through a mission-simulated flight test.
Small Business Information at Submission:
CORNERSTONE RESEARCH GROUP, INC.
2750 Indian Ripple Rd. Dayton, OH 45440
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