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Low Cost Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9451-09-M-0045
Agency Tracking Number: F083-006-0879
Amount: $99,839.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF083-006
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-01-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-02-01
Small Business Information
65 West Street Road Building C
Warminster, PA 18974
United States
DUNS: 095275343
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Carl Calianno
 Principal Investigator
 (215) 675-4900
Business Contact
 Robert Bauder
Title: Vice President, Dir. of C
Phone: (610) 619-7443
Research Institution

The success of military operations often times depends on the ability to obtain timely and accurate intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information and then to use this information for target location and designation. Unmanned aircraft have proven to be a real asset in conducting these missions. The objective of this project is to develop UAV concepts for a lightweight, low cost UAV with an endurance of at least 18 hours with a payload sufficient to meet mission requirements. There are three main elements of this project the vehicle, the payload and the ground control/launch capability. The project will investigate various high aspect ratio wing configurations including constant chord (straight wings), swept, blended, and joined wing configurations. Winglets will also be examined since they offer a real opportunity to increase the lift to drag coefficient. Multi-surface aerodynamic modeling programs will be used to examine these variations analytically and will also use simulations to determine which offers the best opportunity to achieve the required endurance. A COTS based payload will provide both surveillance sensors and laser based target designators. Finally, a portable launching system will be designed to launch the aircraft. A recovery system will also be designed to safely recover the vehicle. BENEFIT: The low cost UAV, with its integrated sensor package, will have applications in areas other than the military. For example, the Office of Homeland Security has needs for infrastructure protection, port surveillance, and border surveillance and interdiction. This vehicle would serve as an ideal platform for conducting these missions. In addition, other commercial applications include law enforcement, search and rescue, and coastal surveillance, where this vehicle could be used to carry out these activities.

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