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Tube Launched UAV with Glide to Hover Transition

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Barron Associates, Inc.
1410 Sachem Place Suite 202 Charlottesville, VA 22901-2496
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Tube Launched UAV with Glide to Hover Transition
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W15QKN-12-C-0124
Award Amount: $149,830.00


Barron Associates has teamed with Professor Alfred Gates to develop a unique armament that launches from the barrel of a M320, deploys aerodynamic surfaces to become an efficient high-speed glider, and finally transitions to a hovering configuration capable of remote reconnaissance and surveillance. The SWITCHBLADE vehicle concept (Soaring WIng To CHopper with Barrel LAunched DElivery) has been developed to a high level of technical maturity for the glide and hover phases. The aerodynamic design yields a glide range exceeding 1 km, the propulsion system provides over 10 minutes of true hover capability, and a deployment mechanism allows the vehicle to unfold following a tube launch. The Phase I effort will focus on analyzing and refining the design to insure it is capable of withstanding the high accelerations experienced at launch. The team will combine the use of energy absorbing materials and mounting strategies for electronic and propulsion components of the air vehicle with a novel isolation shell to minimize peak launch loads experienced by the vehicle. To minimize technical risk, the team will draw on previous experience developing both tube launched and gun launched air vehicles, including a rifle launched UAV that employs an energy absorbing launch shell.

Principal Investigator:

David A. Neal III
Research Scientist
(434) 973-1215

Business Contact:

Connie R. Hoover
General Manager
(434) 973-1215
Small Business Information at Submission:

Barron Associates, Inc.
1410 Sachem Place Suite 202 Ch, VA -

EIN/Tax ID: 541243694
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No