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Multifunctional Design of Load Bearing Antenna Structures for Small UAVs

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
73396
Program Year/Program:
2006 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F054-019-0016
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Aerotonomy, Incorporated
591 Thornton Rd, Suite A LITHIA SPRINGS, GA 30122 1546
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Multifunctional Design of Load Bearing Antenna Structures for Small UAVs
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-06-C-0140
Award Amount: $749,518.00
 

Abstract:

Aerotonomy, Incorporated, and our research institution partner Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) will continue development of our unique two-stage Multi-Disciplinary Optimization (MDO) system for the design of highly integrated miniature broadband antennae for small UAVs. The concept of structurally-integrated multifunction antennae embedded into airframes is central to the DoD's "smart skins" technology initiative, offering many significant and obvious benefits over conventional antennae that include reduced weight, aerodynamic drag, and radar cross-section, as well as increased air vehicle and antenna system performance. However, realizing the full potential of integrated antenna systems in small UAVs requires design tools that support 1) the concurrent development of airframe configuration geometry and antenna system architecture, and 2) the detail design of load-bearing antenna structures. To meet this challenge, Aerotonomy and GTRI have developed a unique two-stage Multi-Disciplinary Optimization system that meets the needs of both configuration and detail design optimization. The system incorporates the latest knowledge in conformal load-bearing antenna design, structural and electromagnetic modeling, and optimization techniques.

Principal Investigator:

Chris S. Gibson
CFO
7064131582
cgibson@aerotonomy.com

Business Contact:

Chris S. Gibson
CFO
7064131582
cgibson@aerotonomy.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

AEROTONOMY, INC.
117 Herron Street Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742

EIN/Tax ID: 270110166
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
GEORGIA TECH RESEARCH INSTITUTE
505 Tenth Street
Atlanta, GA 30332
Contact: Victor K. Tripp
Contact Phone: (770) 528-7160
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university