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Long Endurance Flight Schemes for UAVs

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
67343
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
035752
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
KALSCOTT Engineering, Inc.
PO Box 3426 Lawrence, KS 66046-4921
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Long Endurance Flight Schemes for UAVs
Agency: NASA
Contract: NND05AB28C
Award Amount: $583,332.00
 

Abstract:

A system for autonomous detection and exploitation of weather phenomena for endurance or range enhancement for loitering unmanned air vehicles is presented. The proposed system consists of hardware and software for coarse identification of geographical areas where advantageous weather phenomena (such as soaring conditions) are present. A custom autopilot and sensors enable the fine detection of the phenomena, and cause the UAV to adopt an optimal flight path that exploits the phenomena. The proposed system consists of custom hardware, software, and sensors. We have demonstrated a simulation of the system in Phase I, and we will render this in hardware in Phase II. We will also complete full flight test of the system on our 40 lb class UAV in Phase II.

Principal Investigator:

Tom Sherwood
Principal Investigator
7859791113
tom.sherwood@kalscott.com

Business Contact:

Tom S. Sherwood
President
7859791113
tom.sherwood@kalscott.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

KALSCOTT Enginering, Inc.
3266 S.W. Timberlake Ln. Topeka, KS 66614

EIN/Tax ID: 320009461
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No