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Terminal Guidance for Autonomous Aerial Refueling

Award Information

Department of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 10-073
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Epsilon Lambda Electronics Corporation
396 Fenton Lane, Suite 601 West Chicago, IL 60185-2687
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Terminal Guidance for Autonomous Aerial Refueling
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68936-10-C-0117
Award Amount: $69,401.00


This topic is designed by the US Naval Air Systems Command to develop a self contained terminal guidance system (TGS) that autonomously detects and tracks the drogue from an airborne fuel tanker in the vicinity of UAV host platform for purposes of accomplishing Autonomous Aerial Refueling (AAR). The TGS sensor should be compact, light weight and consume low power. The autonomous sensor system is desired to operate as payload on unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for refueling and extending the flight mission time of the UAV. Proposed herein is an AAR Terminal Guidance System that; (1) Provides Three Dimensional object resolution, utilizing high resolution dual mode sensor with millimeter wave ranging radar plus EO/IR camera, thus ensuring excellent range resolution and cross range resolution, (2) Incorporates imaging, tracking, and homing software, (3) Operates under all weather and environmental conditions, (4) Provides accurate relative orientation measurement between the refueling probe on the aircraft and the drogue, (5) Maintains stealth under normal flight, deployed only during refueling, and (6) Will not interfere with the functionality of the refueling system.

Principal Investigator:

Robert Knox

Business Contact:

Robert Knox
Small Business Information at Submission:

Epsilon Lambda Electronics Corp.
396 Fenton Lane Suite 601 West Chicago, IL 60185

EIN/Tax ID: 362799281
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No