Micro Seeker Technology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-10-M-0248
Agency Tracking Number: F093-107-2334
Amount: $99,936.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: AF093-107
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 2607, Winnetka, CA, 91396
DUNS: 082191198
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bradley Walls
 Sr. Scientist
 (520) 571-8660
 bwalls@arete.com
Business Contact
 David Kane
Title: Executive Vice President
Phone: (520) 571-8660
Email: contracts@arete.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Micro-Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (MAVs) are among the newest class of UAVs that have been added for deployment at the squadron level, these systems typically have a less than one pound payload and are remotely controlled through a joystick, a hobbyist style RC controller, or simple computer interface. In addition to a direct piloting mode most systems provide the capability for waypoint navigation thru GPS. In either case these systems can provide a continuous stream of video to a hand held device enabling the soldier to see “over the hill” and “around the building” allowing informed tactical planning. The popularity, portability, and ease of use of modern MAVs has made them powerful tools for the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) mission. Much work is being done to advance MAVs in the ISR area; however, providing the soldier with a new weapon for precision engagement delivering desired effects would supply “Force Multiplication” of these MAV assets. Areté will develop a seeker for MAVs based on the integration of contemporary guidance law and sensing technologies. Core design components consist of a proportional guidance algorithm, an optical flow processing architecture, a tracker, and a state of the art optical design for achieving hemispherical FOR. BENEFIT: This technology brings a new mission scenario to MAVs and a new capability to the modern warfighter; using Areté’s micro-Seeker System allows US Armed Forces to provide precision engagement of enemies at extreme standoff distances.

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