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Sonobuoy Tube Launched UAV

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2004 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Navmar Applied Sciences Corporation
65 West Street Road Building C Warminster, PA 18974
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Sonobuoy Tube Launched UAV
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-04-M-0292
Award Amount: $69,996.00


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.

Principal Investigator:

Roger A. Holler
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Robert E. Bauder
VP/Chief Financial Officer
Small Business Information at Submission:

65 West Street Road, Suite B-104 Warminster, PA 18974

EIN/Tax ID: 232054431
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Applied Research Lab/PA State Univ.
P.O. Box 30
State College, PA 16804
Contact: William C. Zierke
Contact Phone: (814) 863-3001
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university