Flapping Wing MAV Design Software Suite

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-08-M-3807
Agency Tracking Number: F073-090-0782
Amount: $99,556.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF073-090
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
1750 Kraft Drive, Suite 1400, Blacksburg, VA, 24060
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Gelhausen
 Chief Technical Officer
 (540) 961-0067
Business Contact
 Jenny Gelhausen
Title: CFO
Phone: (540) 961-0067
Email: jenny@avidaerospace.com
Research Institution
AVID LLC, in partnership with Dr. Rick Lind of the University of Florida, proposes development of an integrated design suite for flapping wing MAVs. Such a tool fills a void present in the existing MAV development process, where new concepts are rarely subject to rigorous engineering analysis and design optimization before construction. Existing software will be extensively leveraged to yield a highly capable tool by the end of Phase I. During Phase I, three main areas will be addressed. First, AVID will develop an aerodynamic analysis tool based on an existing unsteady vortex lattice code with corrections for boundary layer and flow entrainment effects. Second, Dr. Lind will develop a flight dynamics and closed-loop control model, again using existing simulation components. Finally, AVID will integrate the aerodynamics and control modules using the existing AVID OAV vehicle design framework. Flight simulation output will also be linked to the AVID SPOT sensor evaluation tool.

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