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Company Information:

Company Name: Dragonfly Pictures, Inc.
City: Essington
State: PA
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phone: (917) 324-4654

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,009,717.00 10
SBIR Phase II $4,483,614.00 6
STTR Phase I $136,625.00 2

Award List:

UAV - Combat Medic Collaboration for Resupply & Evacuation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jim Hacunda, Senior Engineer/ PM
Award Amount: $95,995.00
Abstract:
Dragonfly Pictures Inc. (DPI) has been developing, vertical take off and landing (VTOL), unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for the past 14 years and has a record of excellence within the UAS industry. In response to the requirement for a UAS to carry the LSTAT DPI recommends the DP-5XT. The DP-5XT… More

SUAV/SUGV Based Automated Geo-location and Hand-off

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Robert Rellim, Chief Technical Officer
Award Amount: $69,853.00
Abstract:
As the use of robotic vehicles, both ground and air, become more prevalent in today's military, a crucial mission capability is vehicle collaboration for automated target geo-location, designation, and response. This SBIR effort proposes to research and develop core technologies that are required… More

Path Planner for Dynamic Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Bob Rellim, CTO
Award Amount: $98,725.00
Abstract:
Research is proposed to investigate the feasibility of a path planning module that makes use of time-bounded lattices to avoid potential collisions in dynamic environments. The challenge of planning in a dynamic environment is two-fold. First, tracking and predicting the trajectories of dynamic… More

UAV - Combat Medic Collaboration for Resupply & Evacuation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Bob Rellim, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $748,300.00
Abstract:
For the Phase II SBIR, DPI is proposing a series of demonstrations that focus on autonomy technologies required to make the UAS simple to operate and effective for autonomous flight operations including obstacle avoidance, takeoff and landing. The autonomy selected will support autonomous takeoff,… More

Unmanned Ground & Air System for CBRNE Contaminated Personnel Recovery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Bob Rellim, CTO
Award Amount: $68,913.00
Abstract:
Research is proposed to investigate the feasibility of using a number of small, mobile ground robots to carry out search and recovery missions in conjunction with unmanned aircraft. This innovative approach marks a departure from the alternative monolithic ground systems currently being funded for… More

Realtime Determination and Prediction of Aircraft Trajectories Using Limited Sensor Data

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University of Pennsylvania
Principal Investigator: Jim Hacunda, Director, Systems Engineering
Award Amount: $69,450.00
RI Contact: Maxim Likhachev
Abstract:
Dragonfly Pictures, Inc. (DPI) and UPENN propose to develop a novel real-time trajectory prediction tool called Trajectory Tree Prediction Planner (TTPP). TTPP is based on two ideas. First, since it is impossible to robustly predict a single trajectory of an aircraft if its full state and intent is… More

Unmanned Ground & Air System for CBRNE Contaminated Personnel Recovery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Jim Hacunda, Driector, Systems Enginee
Award Amount: $777,620.00
Abstract:
DPI proposes to simulate and flight demonstrate the DP-12 Rhino VTOL UAS as a surrogate for the Combat Medic UAS operating in a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and high-yield Explosive (CBRNE) environment. The DP-12 autonomous tandem helicopter will prove its ability to minimize the… More

Transformational Close Air Support

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Richard Billingslea, Systems Engineer
Award Amount: $98,427.00
Abstract:
Research is proposed to investigate the feasibility of developing an HMMWV based Vertical Unmanned Aircraft System (VUAS) with laser designator and target geo-referencing capability to provide Close Air Support (CAS). Shoulder fired missiles have pushed US aircraft so far away from the CAS customer… More

Detecting and Tracking Multiple Moving Objects from a Moving Platform

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Bob Rellim, CTO
Award Amount: $98,768.00
Abstract:
Research is proposed to investigate the feasibility of a novel tracking algorithm that uses spatial context to reason about long term intentions. While it is hard to fully anticipate a person's behavior, we can generate a set of reasonable hypotheses about it by selecting a number of high-level… More

SUAV/SUGV Based Automated Geo-location and Hand-off

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Bob Rellim, Chief Technology Officer
Award Amount: $728,437.00
Abstract:
The program objective is to provide the capability for a single operator to obtain line-of sight (LOS) and beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS), real-time reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition (RSTA) and hand-off to the network, and battle damage assessment (BDA) during day and/or night… More

Modeling of Small-scale Tilt-rotor Unmanned Air Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UMD Rotorcraft Center of Excellence
Principal Investigator: David Hodder, Director of Test
Award Amount: $67,175.00
RI Contact: Jewel Barlow
Abstract:
DPI will be well positioned to deliver a fully functional prototype in Phase II that exceeds the proposed performance goals of: vertical take-off and landing, endurance of 37.5 hours, range of 3750km. The UAS will be powered by a combination of heavy fuel engines and electric auxiliary motors, and… More

Path Planner for Dynamic Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Jim Hacunda, Director of Systems Engin
Award Amount: $739,386.00
Abstract:
Despite excellent recent progress in path planning, current state-of-the-art planners are still incapable of operating robustly in environments that are both cluttered and highly dynamic. The challenge is two-fold. First, predicting the trajectories of dynamic obstacles (i.e., cars, humans,… More

Detecting and Tracking Multiple Moving Objects from a Moving Platform

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Dean Anderson, Robotics Engineer – (610) 521-6115
Award Amount: $749,953.00
Abstract:
We propose to demonstrate a"Tracking with Planning"module for tracking objects in a highly cluttered environment from a moving platform. This system is designed to track objects with multiple long occlusions, by anticipating where and how the objects might move. The main innovations are… More

Transformational Close Air Support

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jim Hacunda, Director of Systems Engin – (610) 521-6115
Award Amount: $739,918.00
Abstract:
DPI proposes to flight demonstrate a transformational Close Air Support (CAS) system by leveraging highly agile and highly stable platforms to place the eyes and ears of the Small Unit Commander (SUC) into complex terrain or during jamming. To do so, DPI suggests"disaggregating"the TAC… More

Intelligent Course of Action (ICOA) Generation for Air Vehicle Self-Defense

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Basudeb Das, Director, Test – (610) 521-6115
Award Amount: $149,962.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: We propose to research a real-time tool for Planning of Intelligent Course of Action with Learning (PICAL). PICAL will reason over the available resources, available maneuvers, current threats and potential future threats and will generate a course of actions to maximize the chances of… More

Helicopter Hostile Fire Indicator (HFI) Sensor Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Rich Billingslea, Senior Systems Engineer – (610) 521-6115
Award Amount: $99,985.00
Abstract:
Acoustic directional information has always been based upon measuring the difference between sound pressure signals at different locations, just like human hearing (two ears spaced apart). A new sensor technology for battlefield acoustics has emerged that measures acoustic particle velocity instead… More

Aerostat Communications Relay from Unmanned Surface Vehicle

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Richard Billingslea, Senior Systems Engineer – (610) 521-6115
Award Amount: $79,806.00
Abstract:
The CommLift Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is an alternate and novel approach to providing long range, over-the-horizon, communications for surface vessels; it uses a tethered electric UAV to carry a radio payload to suitable altitude, rather than an aerostat.… More

Real-Time Sensor Data Processing and Compression Performed On-board Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Richard Billingslea, Senior Systems Engineer – (610) 521-6115
Award Amount: $149,283.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The K-128 co-processor leverages insights from neuroscience to achieve superior performance. Unlike previous efforts along those lines, our approach is to create a software programmable co-processor that runs existing applications. One of the most salient characteristics of such a… More