Sensor Suites for UAVs

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-04-C-1685
Agency Tracking Number: F031-1447
Amount: $864,856.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: AF03-223
Solicitation Number: 2003.1
Small Business Information
1900 S. Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA, 90025
DUNS: 053885604
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Wayne Haack
 (203) 268-1249
Business Contact
 Micheal Syracuse
Phone: (301) 565-2970
Research Institution
The increasing maturity of light-weight, high-resolution sensors and small UAVs enables more ambitious ISR missions to be accomplished at lower cost. An affordable small UAV sensor suite can be configured for missions that are too "dull, dirty and dangerous" to risk manned aircraft. Missions include wide area surveillance, target tracking, combat ID, weapon delivery, and terminal guidance. The suite will be designed for various small UAV platforms that operate as a team to perform missions; or contribute to a layered, networked environment that includes more powerful sensors on manned platforms or larger UAVs. In Phase I, TSC defined innovative sensor combinations including MMW radar and LADAR that fit within the size, weight and power payload limitations of small UAVs. TSC also identified promising small UAV systems and novel deployment concepts including swarms and parasitic configurations. In Phase II, TSC will develop analysis tools; perform trade-offs; and conduct simulations to evaluate candidate small UAV sensor suites. TSC will optimize an affordable sensor and UAV mix to meet AFRL cost goals; develop detailed CONOPS; and identify risk areas. For Phase III, TSC plans to integrate these tools within existing AFRL M&S environments, and carry out an experimental demonstration with a UAV testbed.

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