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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:
2009 / 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 98011-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: SVELTE: Lightweight MAD Sensor Towing System for UAVs and Small Helicopters
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-09-C-0182
Award Amount: $749,997.00
 

Abstract:

Tethers Unlimited, Inc. (TUI) proposes to develop a "Small VEhicle Lightweight Towing Equipment" (SVELTE) system to enable small aircraft and UAVs to deploy and tow magnetic anomaly detection (MAD) sensors with highly stable sensor attitude. In our Phase I effort, we met the challenging weight and stability requirements by developing a novel 'orbital winch' mechanism, designing and prototyping a lightweight towing cable and a design for an actively controlled tow body. In the Phase II effort, we propose to design, build, and test engineering-model prototypes of winch, cable, and tow body, and then perform end-to-end testing of an integrated MAD Sensor Towing system. The development and validation work performed in the Phase II effort will mature the SVELTE MAD Tow System to an advanced engineering model level ready for integration and testing on the suitable testbed aircraft in follow-on Phase III efforts.

Principal Investigator:

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

Business Contact:

Robert Hoyt
President, CEO & Chief Sc
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