A Novel, Biologically Inspired Multi-mode MAV

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$750,000.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8651-05-C-0110
Award Id:
67676
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-177-2102
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ORBITAL RESEARCH, INC. (Currently ORBITAL RESEARCH INC)
4415 Euclid Avenue, Suite 500, Cleveland, OH, 44103
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
557510336
Principal Investigator:
Richard Kolacinski
Director, Controls Engine
(216) 649-0399
kolacinski@orbitalresearch.com
Business Contact:
Joseph Snyder
Vice President
(216) 649-0399
snyder@orbitalresearch.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The role of Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs) in the future battlespace is projected to increase tremendously in the immediate future. Currently, viable mission scenarios for MAVs are constrained by their limited size and flight dynamics. MAVs have difficulty maintaining constant surveillance as they must remain in constant motion to stay aloft and hence may not be able to provide constant target surveillance or have sufficient endurance. One potential approach to mitigating these shortcomings is to endow the MAV with a terrestrial locomotion capability so that it can maneuver itself to an appropriate location and perch while performing the desired ISR or RSTA operations. The proposed work seeks to extend the results obtained by Orbital Research and Theiss Aviation during a successful Phase I SBIR program that established the feasibility of a Multi-mode MAV design. The selected vehicle design tightly integrates terrestrial locomotion and flight systems in order to reduce weight, size and mobility system specific structures. Orbital Research will build upon this work to develop and demonstrate a prototype Multi-mode MAV. The program will culminate with a full demonstration of the MAV's ability to take off, fly, land, negotiate terrain in order to accomplish mission objectives, and return to flight.

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