Transformational Close Air Support

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0282
Agency Tracking Number: 08SB2-0912
Amount: $98,427.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: SB082-061
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
Dragonfly Pictures, Inc.
PO Box 202, West End of Second Street, Essington, PA, 19029
DUNS: 793042243
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Richard Billingslea
 Systems Engineer
 (610) 521-6115
 RichardBillingslea@DragonflyPicture
Business Contact
 Greg Piasecki
Title: CFO
Phone: (917) 324-4654
Email: GregoryPiasecki@DragonflyPictures.c
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Research is proposed to investigate the feasibility of developing an HMMWV based Vertical Unmanned Aircraft System (VUAS) with laser designator and target geo-referencing capability to provide Close Air Support (CAS). Shoulder fired missiles have pushed US aircraft so far away from the CAS customer that he needs to find a replacement for the aircraft. As CAS aircraft stand off farther from the small unit commander they drive up complexity, training, response time, equipment weight, and costs involved in CAS. To transform CAS, DPI proposes to develop a multi-functional VUAS that operates in the near earth environment with on-board weapons. Innovations in flight controls, path planning, weapons management, and autonomous weight management are required to deliver this capability to the small unit commander.

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