Long Endurance Flight Schemes for UAVs

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NND05AB28C
Agency Tracking Number: 035752
Amount: $583,332.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
KALSCOTT Enginering, Inc.
3266 S.W. Timberlake Ln., Topeka, KS, 66614
DUNS: 108339966
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tom Sherwood
 Principal Investigator
 (785) 979-1113
 tom.sherwood@kalscott.com
Business Contact
 Tom Sherwood
Title: President
Phone: (785) 979-1113
Email: tom.sherwood@kalscott.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
A system for autonomous detection and exploitation of weather phenomena for endurance or range enhancement for loitering unmanned air vehicles is presented. The proposed system consists of hardware and software for coarse identification of geographical areas where advantageous weather phenomena (such as soaring conditions) are present. A custom autopilot and sensors enable the fine detection of the phenomena, and cause the UAV to adopt an optimal flight path that exploits the phenomena. The proposed system consists of custom hardware, software, and sensors. We have demonstrated a simulation of the system in Phase I, and we will render this in hardware in Phase II. We will also complete full flight test of the system on our 40 lb class UAV in Phase II.

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