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Autonomous Aerial Recovery of Micro Air Vehicles

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
90136
Program Year/Program:
2009 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F08A-014-0225
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
PROCERUS TECHNOLOGIES LC
452 South 950 East Orem, UT 84097-6689
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Autonomous Aerial Recovery of Micro Air Vehicles
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-09-C-0102
Award Amount: $99,995.00
 

Abstract:

ddddThe objective of this project is to develop a strategy to recover micro air vehicles into a flying aircraft. Our solution combines three key technologies that have received significant research attention in recent years, namely towed cable systems, cooperative control, and vision-based terminal guidance. We propose to demonstrate the feasibility of using a flying-aircraft mothership pulling an actuated drogue using light-weight, high-strength cable to recover MAVs. When the mothership enters a constant-angular-rate orbit, the drogue drops into an orbit with the same angular rate but a much smaller radius, and therefore a significantly lower airspeed. The drogue will be actuated and have an on-board autopilot to ensure that it enters a stable, well defined, orbit. The drogue will have a mechanism to capture the MAV upon rendezvous. Cooperative control techniques will be used to bring the MAV to within capture range of the drogue. Vision-based guidance algorithms will be used during the terminal phase of the flight to maximize the probability of capture. The Phase I effort will largely consist of trade studies to enable an efficient system design during the Phase II effort. Particular emphasis will be placed on developing algorithms that are robust to wind.

Principal Investigator:

Reed Christiansen
Senior Systems Engineer
8012245713
reedc@procerusuav.com

Business Contact:

Todd Titensor
CEO
8013768099
toddt@procerusuav.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

PROCERUS TECHNOLOGIES LC
452 South 950 East Orem, UT 84097

EIN/Tax ID: 200633766
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIV.
Electrical / Computer Engineer
459 Clyde Building
Provo, UT 84602
Contact: Randy Beard
Contact Phone: (801) 422-8392
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university