Vectored-Thrust MAV for BDI Operations in Urban Environments

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-06-C-0122
Agency Tracking Number: F051-164-0958
Amount: $749,990.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-164
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
2750 Indian Ripple Rd., Dayton, OH, 45440
DUNS: 130020209
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Christopher D Hemmelgarn
 Research Engineer
 (937) 320-1877
Business Contact
 Patrick Hood
Title: President
Phone: (937) 320-1877
Research Institution
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG), proposes to design and demonstrate a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) micro air vehicle (MAV) with vectored thrust for high maneuverability and platform stability. CRG will design and demonstrate a MAV providing the capabilities necessary for operating in cluttered urban environments while transferring real time reconnaissance information for bomb damage information (BDI). The proposed multi-degree-of-freedom (DOF) MAV will use a vectored thrust propulsion system designed to allow the MAV body to remain level during all stages of flight while providing high maneuverability for collision avoidance in low-altitude operations. Lightweight structural components are essential to the design of a VTOL MAV where thrust-to-weight ratios greater than 1 are required. To accomplish this, CRG will employ its lightweight high-strength syntactic materials in the design of the MAV structure. Obstacle avoidance is a crucial component for low-altitude operations. In Phase II CRG will design and develop an autonomous obstacle avoidance system for the MAV. In addition, CRG will integrate complete communication and navigation systems for the MAV. At the completion of Phase II CRG will demonstrate the MAV through a mission-simulated flight test.

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