Griffin: A Sonobuoy Tube Launched Low Cost Expendable UAV

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,784.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-04-M-0335
Award Id:
70401
Agency Tracking Number:
N045-004-0040
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2700 East Executive Drive, Suite 100, Tucson, AZ, 85706
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
837002294
Principal Investigator:
David Bergeron
Senior Systems Analyst
(520) 903-1000
dbergeron@paragonsdc.com
Business Contact:
Taber MacCallum
CEO
(520) 903-1000
tmaccallum@paragonsdc.com
Research Institution:
Technology Development & Research I
Sally Fernandez
6339 E. Speedway, Suite 103
Tucson, AZ, 85710
(520) 546-2492
Domestic nonprofit research organization
Abstract
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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