Rotary-Wing UAV as On-Demand Sensor Platform for Aircraft Operators

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: H92222-08-C-0029
Agency Tracking Number: S052-011-0067
Amount: $1,576,960.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: SOCOM05-011
Solicitation Number: 2005.2
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
 (765) 463-0959
 paularlton@litemachines.com
Business Contact
 Jon Maynell
Title: Program Manager
Phone: (765) 463-0959
Email: jonmaynell@litemachines.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
USSOCOM has a need to provide high-resolution video imagery to the sensor operators of current and future gunships, other unmanned aircraft systems, and similar platforms, while supporting missions above an area of interest. The key factors driving this need are the ability to see beyond visual range of the main platform, assist sensors on the main platform to see through weather and to aid in monitoring multiple geo-separated or dispersing targets. An air-launched unmanned aircraft system is desired to fill this need. This system shall possess the following characteristics: be low cost, not inhibit the operation of the host aircraft in any way, and require as little operator interaction as possible. This effort will leverage ongoing research and development of the Voyeur UAS. A baseline design of the AL-OBS SUAS will be established at initiation of this effort. The AL-OBS is anticipated to include the following components: an air-launched small unmanned aerial system (ALSUAS) consisting of an Extended Cruise Container (ECC) and Voyeur aerial vehicle, an Air Control Station (ACS), storage method, and deployment system.

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