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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-09-C-0385
Agency Tracking Number: N09A-001-0190
Amount: $69,881.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N09-T001
Solicitation Number: 2009.A
Small Business Information
Aerovel Corporation
83 Oak Ridge Rd, White Salmon, WA, 98672
DUNS: 829641435
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tad McGeer
 President
 (541) 490-4103
 tad@aerovelco.com
Business Contact
 Tad McGeer
Title: President
Phone: (541) 490-4103
Email: 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.

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