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Micro Seeker Technology

Award Information

Department of Defense
Air Force
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF 09-107
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Arete Associates
1550 Crystal Drive Suite 703 Arlington, VA 22202-4139
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Micro Seeker Technology
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8651-10-M-0248
Award Amount: $99,936.00


Micro-Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (MAVs) are among the newest class of UAVs that have been added for deployment at the squadron level, these systems typically have a less than one pound payload and are remotely controlled through a joystick, a hobbyist style RC controller, or simple computer interface. In addition to a direct piloting mode most systems provide the capability for waypoint navigation thru GPS. In either case these systems can provide a continuous stream of video to a hand held device enabling the soldier to see "over the hill" and "around the building" allowing informed tactical planning. The popularity, portability, and ease of use of modern MAVs has made them powerful tools for the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) mission. Much work is being done to advance MAVs in the ISR area; however, providing the soldier with a new weapon for precision engagement delivering desired effects would supply "Force Multiplication" of these MAV assets. Aret, will develop a seeker for MAVs based on the integration of contemporary guidance law and sensing technologies. Core design components consist of a proportional guidance algorithm, an optical flow processing architecture, a tracker, and a state of the art optical design for achieving hemispherical FOR. BENEFIT: This technology brings a new mission scenario to MAVs and a new capability to the modern warfighter; using Aret,'s micro-Seeker System allows US Armed Forces to provide precision engagement of enemies at extreme standoff distances.

Principal Investigator:

Bradley Walls
Sr. Scientist

Business Contact:

David M. Kane
Executive Vice President
Small Business Information at Submission:

Arete Associates
P.O. Box 2607 Winnetka, CA 91396

EIN/Tax ID: 952954108
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No