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Multifunctional Integrated Sensing Cargo Pocket UAS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-19-P-2708
Agency Tracking Number: F19A-016-0161
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF19A-T016
Solicitation Number: 19.A
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-03-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-03-18
Small Business Information
U-M Venture Accelerator 1600 Huron Parkway
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States
DUNS: 079127103
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Guangzhao Mao
 Professor and Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
 (313) 577-3804
Business Contact
 Nicholas Cucinelli
Phone: (734) 476-9381
Research Institution
 Wayne State University
 Joan Dunbar, Ph.D. Joan Dunbar, Ph.D.
42 W. Warren Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
United States

 (313) 577-1912
 Nonprofit College or University

Palm-sized unmanned aerial systems (nano UAS) weighing tens of grams have evolved to the point where they are becoming useful to the warfighter. However, their small mass, fragility, and limited batteries still necessitate the use of emerging, low mass/power technologies to meet the full range of potential missions, including new autonomous flight control and collision avoidance strategies, structural improvements to mitigate impacts, and extremely lightweight sensor payloads. Nanosensors integrated directly with flight control or other drone subsystems and structural airframe elements offer a particularly promising pathway to the fielding of nano UAS that can navigate through extremely difficult environments to home in on chemicals of interest. This Phase I effort will explore combinations of commercially-available nano UAS, commercial and emergent UAS subsystems, and a scalable nanosensor manufacturing technology to develop potential designs for a nano UAS capable of operating in close ground and indoor environments, surviving collisions at up to 10 m/s, and fitting within a cargo pocket. The effort will include a comprehensive survey of the UAS industry, refinement and adaptation of the nanosensors to the UAS environment, and initial engineering specification and prototyping of UAS subsystems and platforms in preparation for a more extensive Phase II effort.

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