SVELTE: Lightweight MAD Sensor Towing System for UAVs and Small Helicopters

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$999,862.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68335-09-C-0182
Agency Tracking Number:
N081-001-0641
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
N08-001
Solicitation Number:
2008.1
Small Business Information
Tethers Unlimited, Inc.
11711 N. Creek Pkwy S., Suite D113, Bothell, WA, 98011
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
877425330
Principal Investigator:
Robert Hoyt
President, CEO & Chief Sc
(425) 486-0100
hoyt@tethers.com
Business Contact:
Robert Hoyt
President, CEO & Chief Sc
(425) 486-0100
hoyt@tethers.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Tethers Unlimited, Inc. (TUI) proposes to develop a “Small VEhicle Lightweight Towing Equipment” (SVELTE) system to enable small aircraft and UAVs to deploy and tow magnetic anomaly detection (MAD) sensors with highly stable sensor attitude. In our Phase I effort, we met the challenging weight and stability requirements by developing a novel ‘orbital winch’ mechanism, designing and prototyping a lightweight towing cable and a design for an actively controlled tow body. In the Phase II effort, we propose to design, build, and test engineering-model prototypes of winch, cable, and tow body, and then perform end-to-end testing of an integrated MAD Sensor Towing system. The development and validation work performed in the Phase II effort will mature the SVELTE MAD Tow System to an advanced engineering model level ready for integration and testing on the suitable testbed aircraft in follow-on Phase III efforts.

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