Miniature Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (MUAV)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: H92222-06-P-0022
Agency Tracking Number: S052-011-0037
Amount: $99,944.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SOCOM05-011
Solicitation Number: 2005.2
Solicitation Year: 2005
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-02-14
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2006-09-14
Small Business Information
9116 SW 51st Road, Suite 102, Gainesville, FL, 32608
DUNS: 017949918
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kevin Shortelle
 Manager, Integrated Systems Group
 (352) 371-8035
Business Contact
 Kevin Shortelle
Title: Manager, Integrated Systems Group
Phone: (352) 371-8035
Research Institution
The U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has identified a need to develop a miniature unmanned air vehicle (MUAV) that can be launched from an airborne platform by a single crewman and subsequently transmit real-time video images for gathering intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) information. The MUAV will provide real-time combat identification information in difficult to observe areas including complex topographies such as mountainous terrain with caves, heavily forested areas, urban environments, and highly-populated areas. Moreover, the MUAV will allow views of potential targets from multiple aspect angles to defeat camouflage and concealment and improve target detection and recognition. The focus of this research is to design, develop, and demonstrate an air-launched MUAV, that can either fly autonomously or by remote control, to provide real-time video imagery to sensor operators. The research will address: (1) the design and fabrication of a robust MUAV airframe, (2) the necessary guidance, navigation, and control algorithms to stabilize the MUAV after an airborne release, (3) an expanded flight envelop to achieve maximum airspeeds and increased endurance, and (4) the transmission of real-time video imagery over extended ranges from the MUAV's on-board camera to the sensor operator.

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