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Lighter-Than-Air Optical Platform

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Department of Defense
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1994 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Applied Research Associates, Inc.
4300 San Mateo Blvd. NE, Suite A-220 Albuquerque, NM 87110 0126
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1994
Title: Lighter-Than-Air Optical Platform
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $67,803.00


A miniaturized lighter-than-air (LTA) unmanned air vehicle (UAV) is proposed as a low altitude, station keeping, optical instrumentation platform. The advanced airship design will be derived from parameters developed during the successful Small Aerostat Surveillance System, Low Intensity Target Exploitation (SASS LITE) UAV program. This miniature airship developed by Applied Research Associates, Inc., (ARA) meets the Navy requirements for speed, stability, and endurance on-station. The Phase I activity will include a comprehensive assessment of the platform mission, definition of required functions, functional analysis to support selection of components, synthesis of multiple LTA concepts, and concept evaluation and selection decisions. Testing and modeling of critical components will be undertaken to support decisions and risk reduction. Phase I will result in a prototype specification with supporting rationale and verification test results of high risk components.

Principal Investigator:

James H. Boschma

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Applied Research Associates, I
4300 San Mateo Blvd., Ne, Suite A220 Albuquerque, NM 87110

EIN/Tax ID: 850276434
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No