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ULTRA: Ultra Long-Endurance Tactical Reconnaissance Aircraft

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-18-C-9226
Agency Tracking Number: F171-124-1119
Amount: $1,499,968.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF171-124
Solicitation Number: 17.1
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-08-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-08-28
Small Business Information
2751 Propsperity Ave Suite 520
Fairfax, VA 22031
United States
DUNS: 078504477
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Larry Reding
 Lead Systems Engineer
 (949) 313-6183
Business Contact
 Sarah Wilt
Phone: (703) 291-6661
Research Institution

ULTRA (Ultra Long-endurance Tactical Reconnaissance Aircraft) will be a cost-effective, persistent unmanned aerial platform for providing high-quality pattern-of-life intelligence to the battlefield commander. Consistent and long-term ISR data is highly valuable in picking out “low-contrast� asymmetric threats in the contemporary battlefield. Existing platforms can only achieve this with large squadron sizes, operating at high sortie rates, from bases close to the areas-of-interest. This results in large operating footprints at Forward Operating Bases (FOBs), and comparatively higher maintenance requirements. Performance as an intelligence asset can also be further hampered by an inability to fly in poor weather, and excessive acoustic or visual signatures that can be detected on the ground unaided. To remedy this, DZYNE has developed a persistent aircraft derived from an existing airframe to prove out the long endurance technologies. Once the critical technologies are proven in the field, a roadmap to a final solution capable of >7-day endurance, with minimal ground support and operational footprint will be feasible. Phase II will develop the identified key components and technology that were established in the Phase I trade study and conceptual design. Phase II will conclude with testing of the surrogate 3+ day mission aircraft.

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