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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-07-C-0091
Agency Tracking Number: F061-141-2500
Amount: $749,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-141
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
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
 (540) 961-0067
Business Contact
 Nanci Hardwick
Title: CFO
Phone: (540) 961-0067
Email: nanci@avidllc.biz
Research Institution
AVID 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. Phase I results showed that a ducted-fan MAV could carry up to six times more electronics and payload than a similarly sized fixed-wing MAV. Modeling, design, and wind tunnel testing of innovative smart material-based control effectors will be a main focus of this effort. Flight control laws will be developed to fully leverage the new control effectors, and flight simulations will be used to evaluate the merit of the new technologies. Prototypes of each smart material subcomponent will be used to quantify potential weight and power advantages. AVID SPOT (Software Pixels On Target) will utilize flight simulation results to evaluate the quality of the sensor performance during a BDI mission. Finally, a vehicle design with integrated smart material control effectors will be presented for fabrication in Phase III.

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