Rotary Wing UAV for Bomb Damage Information within an Urban Environment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-06-C-0114
Agency Tracking Number: F051-164-0151
Amount: $1,448,450.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
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
DUNS: 803462456
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Arlton
 President / Senior Engine
 (765) 463-0959
 paularlton@litemachines.com
Business Contact
 Dave Arlton
Title: Vice President
Phone: (765) 463-0959
Email: davearlton@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. The focus of this Phase II work plan is to further develop the Lite Machines Voyeur UAV and flight test it in urban environments. Efforts will be made to address flight through turbulent air which is associated with navigation around and between buildings.

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