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Small UAS Platform for NWS Missions

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: WC-133R-17-CN-0064
Agency Tracking Number: 16-2-114
Amount: $399,999.97
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.4.1W
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2016-2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-05-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-05-21
Small Business Information
6800 Cortona Drive, Goleta, CA, 93117
DUNS: 054672662
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Eric E.  Sandoz
 (781) 449-2284
 esandoz@toyon.com
Business Contact
 Eric E.  Sandoz
Phone: (781) 449-2284
Email: esandoz@toyon.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
NOAA and in particular, the National Weather Service (NWS), have an unmet need of a cost feasible small Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) which can support multiple sensing missions which will either directly save lives or indirectly save lives through improved weather forecasts, warnings and public alerts. NOAA has enumerated two dozen valuable applications of small UAS for itself and partners. Toyon proposes to demonstrate and continue the development of its Waptor small UAS for these NWS missions. Waptor was originally developed for environmental sensing in difficult to reach locations, and in difficult conditions. The Waptor UAV, with its unique hybrid Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL)/fixed-wing configuration combines the maneuverability aspects of a multi-rotor drone with nearly the flight endurance of a traditional fixed wing sailplane. Waptor goes further with a waterproof platform and rugged composite construction which allow it to operate in difficult conditions. The high thrust to weight ratio required for a VTOL craft allows Waptor to battle stronger winds. Waptor is designed to be low cost and easy to integrate custom sensor packages with a modular payload bay, featuring connectivity integrated by open-source software, minimizing cost of ownership.

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