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Rapidly Procurable sUAS Utilizing Commodity Components

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-21-C-0194
Agency Tracking Number: N201-X01-0933
Amount: $498,992.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N201-X01
Solicitation Number: 20.1
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-01-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-07-06
Small Business Information
1851 Huntington Blvd
Duarte, CA 91010-2635
United States
DUNS: 195754056
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Amish Desai
 (626) 471-9713
Business Contact
 Linda Tanner
Phone: (626) 471-9777
Research Institution

Accurately delivering small payloads (<1 kg) short distances (~2 km) using autonomous Group 1 UAS is vital during disaster relief and recovery operations, particularly where the terrain or geopolitical situation hampers rescuers such that air delivery addressing the ‘last mile’ problems is the only effective option. With today’s global economies of scale and lack of a domestic industrial base for sUAS components, the typical sUAS cannot be rapidly manufactured, assembled, and delivered in an appropriate time window, in large quantities. While this lack of a domestic supply chain cannot be solved overnight, the judicious design of airframe implementation and ready adaptable use of commodity electronic/mechanical components can dramatically improve this supply chain issue. Tanner’s proposal to solve this problem is to avoid using these hard to procure, long-lead-time, high-end components, by designing a sUAS system that will operate with commodity electronics and domestically available low-cost materials.

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