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Lightweight, Disposable Air Cargo Delivery System (LDACD)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: USZA22-02-P-0617
Agency Tracking Number: S021-0044
Amount: $98,873.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2002
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
29885 2nd Street, Suite N, P. O. Box 117
Lake Elsinore, CA 92531
United States
DUNS: 184758894
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Glen Brown
 Principal Engineer
 (831) 425-5147
 gbrown@vertigo-inc.com
Business Contact
 Roy Haggard
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (909) 674-0604
Email: rhaggard@vertigo-inc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

"Special Operations units need rapid response resupply of lightweight but critical items, including ammunition, food/water, weapons and commo. Technology is advancing in the area of precision aerial delivery of cargo, but in general, current R&D for cargodelivery addresses heavier payloads (1 ton and up), requires moderate accuracy (100 m CEP) and uses high altitude release (20,000 ft) to minimize risk to the drop aircraft. While work in this area is helpful, it does not fully address the SOF need, whichis for a light payload (60 lb), requires extreme accuracy (<10 m), and uses high offset release from moderate altitude to minimize risk to the drop aircraft.The proposed research will consider existing technology, along with innovative concepts, to formulate several concept definitions for evaluation against a requirements matrix. Deployable aerodynamic configurations will include small parafoil, inflatablewing, body-lift, and swing-wing. The proposed Phase I objective is to provide the government with feasible concepts for Lightweight Disposable Air Cargo Delivery (LDACD) Systems and to demonstrate a lightweight prototype of the most promising systemunder remote manual control. The military benefits of a lightweight disposal air cargo delivery system will be important mainly to Special Operations units of the various services, and to expeditionary forces, such as the Marines. For such users, the ability to request and toreceive

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