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Fully autonomous retrieval, turnaround, and launch for a long-endurance UAV…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N09A-001-0190
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
N09-T001
Solicitation Number:
2009.A
Small Business Information
Aerovel Corporation
83 Oak Ridge Rd White Salmon, WA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Fully autonomous retrieval, turnaround, and launch for a long-endurance UAV with VTOL capability
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-11-C-0527
Award Amount: $499,995.00
 

Abstract:

We propose to develop techniques and equipment for fully automated retrieval, refueling/ recharging, and relaunch of Aerovel"s Flexrotor. Our method would be suitable for use on a small platform such as a boat in a choppy sea. It would allow the ground-handling cycle to be performed remotely with no manual intervention, and so enable extended missions through remote unattended sites. Planned work includes demonstration of autonomous turnaround on land, and optionally at sea. These could be followed in Phase III by a demonstration of Flexrotor"s long range and autonomy, with a circuit between the west coast and Hawaii including a fully-automatic refueling stop.

Principal Investigator:

Tad McGeer
President
(541) 490-4103
tad@aerovelco.com

Business Contact:

Tad McGeer
President
(541) 490-4103
tad@aerovelco.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Aerovel Corporation
83 Oak Ridge Rd White Salmon, WA -

EIN/Tax ID: 205985142
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Washington
Dept Aeronautics and Astronaut
Box 352400
Seattle, WA 98195-
Contact: Juris Vagners
Contact Phone: (206) 616-3590