Transformational Close Air Support

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$98,427.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-09-C-0282
Agency Tracking Number:
08SB2-0912
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
DRAGONFLY PICTURES, INC.
PO Box 202, West End of Second Street, Essington, PA, 19029
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
793042243
Principal Investigator:
Richard Billingslea
Systems Engineer
(610) 521-6115
RichardBillingslea@DragonflyPictures.com
Business Contact:
Greg Piasecki
CFO
(917) 324-4654
GregoryPiasecki@DragonflyPictures.com
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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