Sonobuoy Tube Launched UAV
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
The P-3 aircraft flies multiple diverse missions which could intrude into contested or hostile environments, jeopardizing crew and aircraft safety. The aircraft can reduce this vulnerability by conducting its mission from high altitude and standoff range by using tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). These UAVs will deploy sensors to a remote location, using autonomous and manual guidance, allowing the aircraft to maintain a safe distance. The UAVs can investigate and confirm contact data and conduct operations in more than one location. The air-launched UAV will be small, lightweight, low-cost, and packaged in A-size. It will be launched from the sonobuoy launch tubes. The UAV will safely separate from the aircraft, deploy wings, and glide. The interchangeable modular payloads would include sensor packages (e.g., optical and infrared video). The P-3 on-board sensor operator can control the UAV in flight and change its course based on sensor, navigation, and position data transmitted from the UAV. The UAV will have a minimum range of 50 nautical miles at a speed of 50 knots. A powered phase will be initiated once the UAV descends to a specific altitude to extend its duration to more than 90 minutes.
Small Business Information at Submission:
Robert E. Bauder
VP/Chief Financial Officer
Research Institution Information:
NAVMAR APPLIED SCIENCES CORP.
65 West Street Road, Suite B-104 Warminster, PA 18974
Number of Employees:
Applied Research Lab/PA State Univ.
P.O. Box 30
State College, PA 16804
William C. Zierke
Nonprofit college or university