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Environmental Sensor for Autonomous UAVS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911W6-08-C-0048
Agency Tracking Number: A072-003-2382
Amount: $729,968.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A07-003
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2008
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2008-09-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-09-16
Small Business Information
6597 Maltse Lane, Unit D
Bozeman, MT 59718
United States
DUNS: 118024608
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 John Bognar
 President
 (406) 994-9354
 jbognar@anasphere.com
Business Contact
 John Bognar
Title: President
Phone: (406) 994-9354
Email: jbognar@anasphere.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

Improved observations of the battlespace are of key and growing importance in today’s combat environment. UAVs are making key contributions in this area, and sensor improvements are a key part of increasing UAV capabilities. However, all sensors are subject to degradation under detrimental environmental conditions. Adding a sensor system to UAVs that enables the real-time identification and assessment of such conditions will aid in the most effective use of UAVs and their onboard sensors as well as enable more accurate evaluation of the sensor data being returned. In Phase I, Anasphere built and tested two proof-of-concept UAV Environmental Sensor Systems optimized for use on small UAVs. These systems measure meteorological variables, plus precipitation rate and type, ambient light, and visibility. Power consumption is 400 milliwatts maximum, and the footprint is the same size as a credit card. Weight of the systems is approximately 3 ounces. On-board data processing allows other value-added parameters of significance to be computed and reported. In Phase II, these systems will be further developed and enhanced with wind measurement capabilities. Further prototypes will be iteratively developed, and the project will culminate in delivery and demonstration of production-form systems to the Army.

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