Precision, Soft Landing Dispenser

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F08630-03-C-0139
Agency Tracking Number: F031-2936
Amount: $97,940.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
13110 NE 177th Pl. #234, Woodinville, WA, 98072
DUNS: 086581902
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Randel Hoskins
 Director, Special Project
 (425) 672-1755
Business Contact
 Gary Ketner
Title: President/CEO
Phone: (425) 672-1755
Research Institution
Systima Technologies, Lockheed Martin and Irvin Aerospace have teamed together to develop a precision, soft landing, 1000 lb class dispenser. These companies bring an extensive background in the key areas required for development of a precision delivery,soft landing capability dispenser.To minimize development costs and risks, the precision, soft landing, dispenser (PSLD) draws upon proven Air Force systems and on-going Air Force development efforts. To minimize aircraft qualification costs, the PSLD's external profile and loaded massproperties will match the SEEK EAGLE qualified Tactical Munitions Dispenser (SUU 65/66). The dispenser itself will be a new design, fabricated from composite materials (to maximize payload capability), and configured to allow easy ground access to thedispenser's interior. To provide precision location delivery, the PSLD uses a WCMD tail. To provide additional standoff range, the PSLD could be outfitted with range extension kit being developed for the Tactical Munitions Dispenser. Soft landing isprovided by a combination of staged parachutes and a crushable section built into the dispenser. A feature of the PSLD design/operation is minimizing the time that PSLD descends under parachute. This feature is important to minimize the effects of lowaltitude winds and potentially drawing undesired attention to the delivery point. The precision, soft landing, dispenser (PSLD) provides a method of resupplying isolated troops and sites with precision delivered, soft landed supplies. In humanitarian relief applications, the PSLD system would be a way to quickly deliver emergencysupplies to precise delivery points in remote locations. These supplies would able to be delivered from a very wide range of aircraft including bombers and fighters (specifically any aircraft qualified to carry TMD dispensers). With the use of anoptional range extension kit, these supplies could be delivered from standoff ranges over 35 miles. These large standoff ranges minimize aircraft risk when delivering supplies into hostile territory. The delivery system would minimize the risk ofcompromising the location of the troops being resupplied by minimizing both the altitude at which the parachute (landing retarder) is deployed and the time that the delivered supplies are hanging under the parachute. PSLD will be refurbishable after eachmission for reuse.

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