Autonomous UAV Aerodynamic Performance Analysis for the Near-Ship Environment

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$749,949.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
N68335-08-C-0327
Solitcitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Number:
2007.
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2008
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
N074-004-0095
Solicitation Topic Code:
N07-T004
Small Business Information
COMBUSTION RESEARCH & FLOW TECHNOLOGY, I
6210 Keller's Church Road, Pipersville, PA, 18947-1020
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
929950012
Principal Investigator
 Jeremy Shipman
 Research Scientist
 (215) 766-1520
 shipman@craft-tech.com
Business Contact
 Neeraj Sinha
Title: Vice President&Technical Director
Phone: (215) 766-1520
Email: 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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