Autonomous UAV Aerodynamic Performance Analysis for the Near-Ship Environment

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$749,949.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68335-08-C-0327
Award Id:
83404
Agency Tracking Number:
N074-004-0095
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
N07-T004
Solicitation Number:
2007.
Small Business Information
6210 Keller's Church Road, Pipersville, PA, 18947-1020
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
929950012
Principal Investigator:
Jeremy Shipman
Research Scientist
(215) 766-1520
shipman@craft-tech.com
Business Contact:
Neeraj Sinha
Vice President&Technical Director
(215) 766-1520
sinha@craft-tech.com
Research Institution:
UNIV. OF FLORIDA-REEF
Lawrence Ukeiley
Dept of Mech and Aero Engineer
1350 N. Poquito Road
Shalimar, FL, 32579-
(850) 833-9350
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The overall goal of this STTR program is to develop an efficient, high-fidelity, CFD-based design tool for the simulation of ship-board flight testing of autonomous UAV systems. In Phase I, an overall flight simulation framework that employs a modular approach to the flight simulation problem was developed. The effort was successful in demonstrating a lower-cost aerodynamic modeling approach that can model a representative UAV rotorcraft recovering to a ship, with accuracy to within 20% of fully-coupled CFD methods and an order of magnitude reduction in simulation time/cost. The proposed Phase II program will address key improvements to the technology developed in Phase I that will permit its use for the simulation of autonomous UAV launch and recovery operations, namely the implementation of detailed rotor and flight controller models into the simulation framework. This development will be carried out in a comprehensive manner with companion experiments at the University of Florida designed to provide experimental data to validate the various components of the simulation software.

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