U-BASE: Fully Autonomous Basing Platform for Unmanned Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,948.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-09-C-0383
Agency Tracking Number:
N09A-001-0277
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Infoscitex Corporation
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, 02451
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
004627316
Principal Investigator:
William Hafer
Project Engineer
(781) 890-1338
whafer@infoscitex.com
Business Contact:
Stephen Mattox
Director, Contracts & Finance
(781) 890-1338
smattox@infoscitex.com
Research Institution:
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Jennifer Newnham
110 8th Street
West Hall 417
Troy, NY, 12180
(518) 276-6173
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Infoscitex proposes to develop U-BASE, a platform enabling fully autonomous operation of unmanned systems for multiple missions and extended durations. U-BASE integrates autonomous recovery, refuel and launch of UAV's into a single system. The technologies employed by U-BASE are applicable to a range of unmanned systems, making it a highly versatile enabler of unmanned operations. The recovery mechanism is based on demonstrated technology to recover UAV's directly onto a ground platform. The automated refueling system will be designed by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). RPI will adapt automation technologies that it has successfully inserted into industrial manufacturing lines, using a sensing and control system specially designed to handle the greater uncertainty inherent in the military environment. The launch system will use existing pneumatic launch technology adapted for platform integration. In Phase I, the launch, recovery and refueling components will be designed, and an integrated system architecture will be defined. In Phase II, field testing of functional subsystems will occur, with progression to a flight demonstration of full turn-around. The system design is capable of integration into many platforms of interest, including trailers, ground vehicles, and sea platforms.

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