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Development of an Extended Endurance Air-Launched, Tube-Integrated, Unmanned…

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Department of Defense
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2013 / SBIR
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GA Suite 102 Kennesaw, GA 30144-3636
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Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Development of an Extended Endurance Air-Launched, Tube-Integrated, Unmanned System (ALTIUS)
Agency: DOD
Contract: FA8650-13-C-2302
Award Amount: $749,965.00


ABSTRACT: The Area-I team propose to leverage their expertise to develop an extended-endurance Air-Launched, Tube-Integrated Unmanned System (ALTIUS). ALTIUS, meaning"higher"in Latin, will provide a paradigm shift in the performance of small, tube-launched remotely piloted aircraft (RPA). Core features and capabilities of the ALTIUS UAS will include: 1) A state-of-the-art, high-energy-density power system that is robust to harsh environmental conditions, does not pose explosive hazards, and is storable for over six months. 2) A highly efficient, lightweight carbon composite airframe that is designed specifically to accommodate the advanced power system while fitting into a common 6- to 8- inch launch tube. BENEFIT: Small UAVs offer the ability to perform missions with a reasonably low cost. One limiting factor on mission objectives is the fact that their limited size and weight restrict the ability to integrate large power systems forcing operating time to be short, single missions. Extending endurance allows a small UAV to perform longer range missions. Additionally, the ability to perform multiple missions further increases the perceived value of the aircraft making it more attractive to military and civilian customers. Presently, small UAVs are used for remote sensing and communication relay applications. Both military and civilian customers will benefit from an easily launched, light, small, extended endurance UAV.

Principal Investigator:

Nicholas Alley
(678) 594-5227

Business Contact:

Hilary Beeston
(678) 594-5227
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Area I, Inc
1590 N Roberts Rd Suite 203 Kennesaw, GA -

EIN/Tax ID: 264000341
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No