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Autonomous Operation of Hovering/Staring Fixed Wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-06-C-0043
Agency Tracking Number: 05SB2-0474
Amount: $98,925.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SB052-028
Solicitation Number: 2005.2
Solicitation Year: 2005
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2005-11-23
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2006-06-28
Small Business Information
1750 Country Club Road
Hood River, OR 97031
United States
DUNS: 824737449
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Andy von Flotow
 (541) 387-2288
Business Contact
 Andy von Flotow
Title: President
Phone: (541) 387-2288
Research Institution

Very highly maneuverable remote controlled (RC) aircraft are flown indoors and can be made to hover; these craft can transition from horizontal flight to vertical flight without use of complex gear and do no have any component that serve a single flight phase only. For such RC craft to be made to fly autonomously using an on-board sensors and a computer, one must understand their dynamics. To scope the complexity of the control problem, a validated simulation tool will be produced in this work. It includes wind tunnel testing, especially at large angle of attacks and low speeds and flight tests to compare simulated and actual motion.

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