VERTICAL TAKEOFF AND LANDING UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE FOR MARITIME AND CLOSE COMBAT APPLICATIONS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 20785
Amount: $49,925.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1993
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
P.o. Box 360, Second Street,, West, Essington, PA, 19029
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Frederick W. Piasecki
 (215) 521-5700
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The unique criteria applicable to UAV shipboard operations will be identified and a specification established, including deck tie-down, launch and retrieval and hangaring/handling procedures. A baseline design to these criteria, with weight and balance and performance estimates, will be developed. Evaluation of the characteristics of weight, size, power, operational safety and operational control/handling qualities will be made. The command system will make maximum use of existing procedures and consoles where desirable. Effects of shipboard radar EMI will be a primary consideration in the design of the UAV automatic flight control system. A launching and retrieval system will be sized to match the vehicle's characteristics including weight, power required, stabilization system and deck handling from hangar to takeoff/retrieval position. Separate or ship's compressed air or steam will be investigated for auxiliary takeoff thrust for vertical launching. A plan for Phase II demonstration of a full-scale flight vehicle will be developed and included in the final report of the Phase I flight vehicle design activity.

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