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A Compact and Agile Fixed-Wing UAS for VTOL Shipboard Operations

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: WC-133R-17-CN-0079
Agency Tracking Number: 17-1-044
Amount: $119,913.54
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.3.2
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2017-1
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-06-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-12-13
Small Business Information
16 Great Hollow Road
Hanover, NH 03755-3116
United States
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Benjamin Cameron
 (603) 640-2326
Business Contact
 Benjamin Cameron
Phone: (603) 640-2326
Research Institution

Commercially available unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) are not well designed to meet
requirements for many atmospheric measurement applications, including deployment from
ships, long endurance, and low cost. Multi-rotor UASs have recently gained popularity as a lowcost
platform use in measurement and monitoring applications, but these systems have limited
endurance and payload capabilities. Existing fixed wing systems offer improved endurance and
payload capabilities but are expensive and have not been optimized for shipboard deployment
and recovery. Existing systems that are deployed from ships require significant support
hardware and require high-risk recovery tactics, such as catching the aircraft in a net or by a
wingtip-mounted arrester hook. To meet this need, Creare proposes a low cost and compact
vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) UAS named the “Hi-Dive.” The Hi-Dive UAS takes off
vertically, ascends to a safe altitude for transitions to horizontal flight, and reverses thrust using
variable-pitch propellers to fly in a pusher prop configuration. In Phase I, we will demonstrate
the feasibility of our proposed approach through design, analysis, and testing of critical system
components. In Phase II, we will develop, test, and validate a prototype of the system and
demonstrate its performance and value in a field test.

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