Griffin: A Sonobuoy Tube Launched Low Cost Expendable UAV

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-04-M-0335
Agency Tracking Number: N045-004-0040
Amount: $69,784.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-T004
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2700 East Executive Drive, Suite 100, Tucson, AZ, 85706
DUNS: 837002294
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Bergeron
 Senior Systems Analyst
 (520) 903-1000
Business Contact
 Taber MacCallum
Title: CEO
Phone: (520) 903-1000
Research Institution
 Technology Development & Research I
 Sally Fernandez
 6339 E. Speedway, Suite 103
Tucson, AZ, 85710
 (520) 546-2492
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
This proposal is for the development of a Sonobuoy Tube Launched, Low Cost, and Expendable UAV called Griffin. Paragon Space Development Corp. (Paragon) and the Technology Development Research Institute (TDRI) have formed a uniquely capable team with demonstrated experience building and flying UAVs that meet the Sonobuoy Tube Launched UAV performance requirements described in the STTR topic. The proposed UAV will use the existing small UAV platforms, technology and engineering expertise held by Paragon and TDRI to address all significant technical risk in Phase I. This proposal is not for design concept studies. The team will develop mechanical solutions to the flight deployment in Phase I basic and perform flight test demonstrations in the Phase I Option. A low temperature high strength rapid injection molding technique is used with proprietary crosslinking polymer materials to mass-produce the Griffin. Tailored digital electronics packages are encapsulated within the injection molded material for a rapid low cost production technique that eliminates hand mounting of components, while providing shock protection during the sonobuoy tube launch. An innovative energy management and wing deployment technique optimizes the UAVs performance in transit and loiter flight modes.

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