Rotary Wing UAV for Bomb Impact Assessment within an Urban Environment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-05-C-0199
Agency Tracking Number: F051-164-0151
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-164
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
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/Senior Engineer
 (765) 463-0959
 paularlton@litemachines.com
Business Contact
 Paul Eiff
Title: Program Manager
Phone: (765) 463-0959
Email: pauleiff@litemachines.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Warfare within a city is a difficult business not only because of the abundance of man-made obstacles, but because the effects of bomb strikes are difficult to measure. Reconnoitering at low altitude and close range by a manned aircraft is often prohibitively dangerous because of the lack of maneuvering room and the high probability of hostile fire. A small, unobtrusive UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) capable of transporting sensors such as a video camera to a bomb impact site would greatly assist in determining, in real-time, the efficacy of the strike without exposing the operator to danger. In this Phase I study, Lite Machines will develop a variant of its rotary-wing UAVs and will study possible launch strategies from an existing munitions platform and the effectiveness of the UAV for bomb impact assessment in a cluttered urban environment.

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