Tube-Launched Rotary Wing UAV for Remote Surveillance Operations

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$545,202.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68335-05-C-0339
Agency Tracking Number:
N045-004-0003
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Lite Machines Corp.
1291 Cumberland Ave #H, West Lafayette, IN, 47906
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
803462456
Principal Investigator:
Paul Arlton
President
(765) 463-0959
paularlton@litemachines.com
Business Contact:
Paul Eiff
Program Manager
(765) 463-0959
pauleiff@litemachines.com
Research Institution:
PURDUE UNIV.
Gary Eiff
1401 Aviation Drive
West Lafayette, IN, 47907
(765) 494-2443
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The Navy desires to equip P-3s and similar future aircraft with UAVs that can be launched from a standard A-size sonobouy tube and return real-time information including video images from remote locations for further analysis and action. Lite Machines has developed an electric-powered rotary-wing UAV having a cylindrical body and a counter-rotating, coaxial, rotor system, that fits within these tight size constraints, and that could be reconfigured for use in the Navy program. The focus of this Phase II work plan is to further develop the current UAV prototype in a vertical flight configuration, to flight test prototypes from the ground with a ground control station and autonomous guidance system, and to air-launch full test vehicles using the sonobouy launch tubes onboard an air launch platform such as the P-3.

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