Micro Munition Technologies: Smart Material-Enabled Hovering Ducted-Fan MAV, Optimized for BDI Mission

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-06-M-0188
Agency Tracking Number: F061-141-2500
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-141
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
1750 Kraft Drive, Suite 1400, Blacksburg, VA, 24060
DUNS: 095583501
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Gelhausen
 Chief Technical Officer
 (540) 961-0067
Business Contact
 Nanci Hardwick
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (540) 961-0067
Email: nanci@avidllc.biz
Research Institution
AVID LLC proposes a smart material-enabled hovering ducted-fan micro air vehicle (MAV) to greatly enhance the bomb damage information (BDI) capabilities of the U.S. Air Force. Such a design offers a more intuitive search capability for the BDI mission. Unlike fixed-wing MAVs, a ducted-fan MAV would stop, hover, and investigate an area, rotating to pan the sensor right and left, zooming in and out: observing much like a human would investigate an area. Once the search is complete, it could dash out at high speed to the next area of interest. The quality of the BDI sensing and the agility of a ducted-fan MAV are strengths that need to be evaluated in the context of the prescribed mission requirements. Conceptual designs of a ducted-fan and fixed-wing MAV (using the AVID OAV and AVID ACS design tools) will be compared in trade studies to show the strengths and weaknesses of each approach. Innovative use of smart materials in the duct and control surfaces will be investigated. Dynamic models of each vehicle will be integrated with simulated sensor output in AVID SPOT (Software Pixels On Target) to evaluate the quality of the sensor performance during a BDI mission. A final optimized ducted-fan MAV design will be presented for fabrication and testing in Phase II.

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