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Multifunctional Integrated Sensing Cargo Pocket UAS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-20-C-0312
Agency Tracking Number: F19A-016-0161
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF19A-T016
Solicitation Number: 19.A
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-09-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-09-25
Small Business Information
U-M Venture Accelerator 1600 Huron Parkway
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1111
United States
DUNS: 079127103
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Nicholas Cucinelli
 (734) 476-9381
Business Contact
 Nicholas Cucinelli
Phone: (734) 476-9381
Research Institution
 Michigan Technological University
 Carol Wiitanen
LAkeshore Center 1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931-1295
United States

 (906) 487-2226
 Nonprofit College or University

Palm-sized unmanned aerial systems (nano UAS) are emerging as a new tool for warfighters, first responders, and private industry. 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. The Phase I effort demonstrated feasibility for directly integrating extremely lightweight nanosensors with commercially-available drone flight control and structural airframe elements in a nano UAS. This Phase II effort will further develop and demonstrate a nano UAS which can navigate through extremely difficult environments to home in on chemicals of interest in support of both military and civilian operations. The effort will include further development of the necessary flight control and UAS subsystems, refinements to nanosensor specificity/selectivity and manufacturing processes, and the development of domestic drone manufacturing capability and component supply chains in preparation for Phase III commercialization.

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