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Anti-Access Area Denial (A2AD) Small Uncrewed Aerial System (sUAS) Attritable Effects

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-23-P-0340
Agency Tracking Number: FX22D-OTCSO1-0032
Amount: $74,993.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: X22D-OTCSO1
Solicitation Number: X22.D
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-11-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-02-07
Small Business Information
2319 Blanton Drive
San Antonio, TX 78209-2249
United States
DUNS: 118318587
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Steven Turner
 (410) 371-1064
 sturner@darkhive.ai
Business Contact
 John Goodson
Phone: (619) 602-0303
Email: jgoodson@darkhive.ai
Research Institution
 University of Alaska System of Higher Education
 Cathrine Cahill
 
803 Alumni Dr
Fairbanks, AK 99775-0001
United States

 (907) 322-6523
 Nonprofit College or University
Abstract

The YELLOWJACKET MK1E is a low-cost (under $10K per unit) modification to the Darkhive MK1 model and is designed to carry a small, electromagnetic pulse (EMP) generator payload and autonomously navigate in GNSS and communications-denied environments utilizing visual inertial odometry (VIO) techniques.  Locally hosted machine learning object detection models enable the MK1E to autonomously identify critical targets the software has been pre-trained to recognize, fly in close-range, and activate the EMP to disable embedded electronic components.  Darkhive, in cooperation with the University of Alaska Center for UAS Integration (ACUASI), is proposing the enhancement of the YELLOWJACKET MK1 tactical sUAS to create the MK1E (EMP) variant capable of operating and delivering non-kinetic effects in contested A2AD environments in which US Air Force Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) and Special Reconnaissance (SR) airmen conduct critical AFSPECWAR mission sets like rapid reconnaissance. Enabling tactical users operating within A2AD environments to deliver disruptive effects to adversary command and control (C2) nodes, Electromagnetic Warfare (EW) sensors, Radar systems, and mobility platforms is critical to mission success in both current and future contested areas of responsibility (AORs). The key outcome of the feasibility study will be validation of the technical approach to developing a MK1E design that satisfies the requirements of users responsible for conducting the TACP mission with whom Darkhive is heavily engaged.

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