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Aerial Target Inductive Link

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-20-C-0284
Agency Tracking Number: N171-006-0504
Amount: $749,995.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N171-006
Solicitation Number: 17.1
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-02-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-02-22
Small Business Information
301 1st Street SW Suite 200
Roanoke, VA 24011
United States
DUNS: 627132913
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jeffrey Demo
 Principal Investigator
 (434) 220-9443
Business Contact
 Michael Pruzan
Phone: (540) 769-8430
Research Institution

To ensure operational capabilities of current and next-generation aerial weapons systems, the U.S. Navy leverages autonomous subsonic aerial target (SSAT) systems that provide realistic threat representations. These advanced drone systems offer support for a variety of mission requirements via integrated subsystems that can be customized to emulate any aerial target scenario. To enable programmability of internal SSAT subsystems without the need for target disassembly, Luna proposes to build upon Phase I efforts wherein a wireless inductive power and communications link was designed, prototyped, and demonstrated. By teaming with Micro Systems Incorporated (MSI), a wholly owned subsidiary of the BQM-177A SSAT developer Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Luna will refine, develop, qualify, and demonstrate a solution that provides programmability of SSAT subsystems. The developed solution will not require disassembly of the target’s outer shell and eliminates the need for physical, hard-wired access to subsystem connectors, mitigating the time, manpower, and sustainability issues associated with SSAT shell removal. By integrating the technology into the BQM-177A, subsystem programming can be performed at any point prior to, and potentially after, system deployment while leaving the SSAT in an immediately deployable state.

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