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Helicopter Remote Manipulation of External Slingloads (HERMES)

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
73904
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A052-057-2318
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Advanced Optical Systems, Inc
6767 Old Madison Pike Suite 410 Huntsville, AL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Helicopter Remote Manipulation of External Slingloads (HERMES)
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911W6-06-C-0063
Award Amount: $729,915.00
 

Abstract:

Helicopter operations in low visibility conditions and sling load operations continue to add risk to aviation operations. If slingloads could be picked up without the need for a ground crew, lives could be saved. In addition, a sensor that can detect the location of a load would help in low visibility conditions. We propose to develop such a system. It will include the mechanical structures necessary for unscrewed operation and automatic electrical grounding of the helicopter, the sensors for locating the loads, and integration in both the helicopter technical systems and operational procedures for acquiring external loads. In this approach, the ground crew will only set the load in place, and ensure the latching mechanism is properly deployed. Our baseline approach is to accommodate existing helicopter hook and sling/clevis technologies, by adding non-load bearing hardware to guide the clevis into the hook. For sensors, use an RF based technology for rough load location through whiteout/brownout conditions, and an optical system for terminal guidance.

Principal Investigator:

Stephen Granade
Senior Scientist
2569710036
granade@aos-inc.com

Business Contact:

Keith Farr
President
2569710036
contracts@aos-inc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ADVANCED OPTICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
6767 Old Madison Pike Suite 410 Huntsville, AL 35806

EIN/Tax ID: 630993088
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No