Fully autonomous retrieval, turnaround, and launch for a long-endurance UAV with VTOL capability

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,881.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-09-C-0385
Agency Tracking Number:
N09A-001-0190
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Aerovel Corporation
83 Oak Ridge Rd, White Salmon, WA, 98672
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
829641435
Principal Investigator:
Tad McGeer
President
(541) 490-4103
tad@aerovelco.com
Business Contact:
Tad McGeer
President
(541) 490-4103
tad@aerovelco.com
Research Institution:
Aero/Astro, Univ. of Washington
Uy-Loi Ly
Dept of Aero/Astro
Box 352400, University of WA
Seattle, WA, 98195 2400
(206) 543-6679
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
We propose to develop techniques and equipment for fully automated retrieval, refueling/ recharging, and relaunch of a miniature VTOL UAV. Our proposed method would be suitable for use on a small platform such as a pickup truck, or a small boat in a choppy sea. It would allow the ground-handling cycle to be performed remotely with no manual intervention, and so enable extended missions through remote unattended sites. Phase I work would evaluate concepts with prototype hardware, and do aerodynamic testing and flight-control analysis. Phase II would then implement and demonstrate the selected concept.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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