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SVELTE: Lightweight MAD Sensor Towing System for UAVs and Small Helicopters

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
87414
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N081-001-0641
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Tethers Unlimited, Inc.
11711 N. Creek Pkwy S., Suite D113 Bothell, WA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: SVELTE: Lightweight MAD Sensor Towing System for UAVs and Small Helicopters
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-08-C-0193
Award Amount: $79,994.00
 

Abstract:

Tethers Unlimited, Inc. (TUI) proposes to develop a small lightweight ASW magnetometer towing system in collaboration with Aerovel Coporation for integration with small aircraft and UAVs. This system will be comprised of a non-magnetic aerodynamic body for the magnetometer, a towing cable that will provide power and receive data from the sensor, and a lightweight winch for deploying and retrieving the cable and sensor. A key element of this system is TUI's novel 'orbital winch' technology, which eliminates the need to use electrical slip rings to enable power and communications to be provided to the remote sensor head, thereby minimizing the mass, complexity, and cost of the overall system. In addition, we propose to integrate inertial sensors and active control surfaces on the towed endbody to meet the towing stability requirements. The combination of TUI's extensive experience in systems for deployment of cables in extreme environments, along with Aerovel Corporation's UAV and miniature aircraft technologies and expertise, will enable our team to develop a towing system that meets the program requirements with minimal technical risks.

Principal Investigator:

Robert Hoyt
President, CEO, & Chief Scientist
4254860100
hoyt@tethers.com

Business Contact:

Robert Hoyt
President, CEO, & Chief Scientist
4254860100
hoyt@tethers.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

TETHERS UNLIMITED, INC.
11711 N. Creek Pkwy S., Suite D113 Bothell, WA 98011

EIN/Tax ID: 911834561
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No