Tethered Airborne Imaging System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 18248
Amount: $49,872.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1992
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Lta International, Inc.
3300 North Riverside Drive, Indialantic, FL, 32903
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert G Witherow
 (407) 242-2320
Business Contact
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Research Institution
The LTA Phase I task will develop a point design of a tethered airborne imaging system capable of extending the imaging capability of submarines and surface ships. The tethered platform will be a stable, inflatable aerostat deployable from submarine and surface ships capable of carrying an imaging system payload of up to 20 pounds in winds of up to 70 mph without grounding. The baseline aerostat will be a scaled down version of an existing LTA aerostat, the Mk6Y. The electrically conducting tether will be modified to incorporate fiber optics to provide an air to ground telemetry and command link. An existing LTA aerostat mooring system will be modified for a rapid deployment scenario and environmentally hardened for sea board operations. Aeronix, the imaging payload subcontractor, will develop a point design imaging payload which will be compatible with a variety of imaging sensors. The imaging payload will include software/hardware for data processing, down link formatting, command and telemetry, and power supply/conditioning. Flight performance analyses of the integrated system will be conducted and system/subsystem specifications will be developed.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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