Long Endurance Flight Schemes for UAVs

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$583,332.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NND05AB28C
Award Id:
67343
Agency Tracking Number:
035752
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
KALSCOTT Enginering, Inc. (Currently KALSCOTT Engineering, Inc.)
3266 S.W. Timberlake Ln., Topeka, KS, 66614
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
108339966
Principal Investigator:
Tom Sherwood
Principal Investigator
(785) 979-1113
tom.sherwood@kalscott.com
Business Contact:
Tom Sherwood
President
(785) 979-1113
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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