Tube-Launched Rotary Wing UAV for Remote Surveillance Operations

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-05-C-0339
Agency Tracking Number: N045-004-0003
Amount: $1,998,840.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-T004
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1291 Cumberland Ave #H, West Lafayette, IN, 47906
DUNS: 803462456
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Arlton
 President
 (765) 463-0959
 paularlton@litemachines.com
Business Contact
 Paul Eiff
Title: Program Manager
Phone: (765) 463-0959
Email: 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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