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Low Cost Actuators for Precision Guided Steerable Parachutes/Parafoils

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DAAD16-02-C-0010
Agency Tracking Number: A012-1730
Amount: $118,880.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2002
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
29885 2nd Street, Suite N, P. O. Box 117
Lake Elsinore, CA 92531
United States
DUNS: 184758894
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Glen Brown
 Principal Engineer
 (831) 425-5147
 gbrown@vertigo-inc.com
Business Contact
 Roy Haggard
Title: Vice President
Phone: (909) 674-0604
Email: rhaggard@vertigo-inc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

"A number of precision-guided aerial delivery systems are in development or advanced prototype stages, in accordance with Army Science and Technology (S&T) objectives. The actuator subsystems are a major cost element in each of these systems, in somecases, the largest cost element. The actuator subsystem, consisting of an energy source, controlling elements (e.g. switches, valves), and the actuators, is also a major fraction of the suspended weight, reducing payload fraction. Improvements are neededin weight and cost for both types of aerial delivery systems: medium-glide, such as GPADS-L, which use trailing edge control lines for steering and flare; and low-glide, such as AGAS, which use riser slip control to glide on command. The proposed researchwill investigate two innovative concepts: high energy-density pneumatic sources to pair with existing high power/weight pneumatic actuators, and an innovative zero-or low-power actuator for low-glide systems and for parafoil flare. (Separating the flarefunction from parafoil steering actuators greatly reduces their power requirement, which reduces weight and cost.) In each case, the weight, performance and cost of the innovative designs will be compared with high-performance electro-mechanical devicesas a measure of benefit, and, therefore, system level feasibility. Precision-guided aerial delivery systems are available, but are not affordable for most cargo delivery applications. Th

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