Rotary Wing UAV for Bomb Impact Assessment within an Urban Environment

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8651-05-C-0199
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-164-0151
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF05-164
Solicitation Number:
2005.1
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/Senior Engineer
(765) 463-0959
paularlton@litemachines.com
Business Contact:
Paul Eiff
Program Manager
(765) 463-0959
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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