Fully autonomous retrieval, turnaround, and launch for a long-endurance UAV with VTOL capability

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$499,995.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68335-11-C-0527
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N09A-001-0190
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
N09-T001
Solicitation Number:
2009.A
Small Business Information
83 Oak Ridge Rd, White Salmon, WA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
829641435
Principal Investigator:
Tad McGeer
President
(541) 490-4103
tad@aerovelco.com
Business Contact:
Tad McGeer
President
(541) 490-4103
tad@aerovelco.com
Research Institution:
University of Washington
Juris Vagners
Dept Aeronautics and Astronaut
Box 352400
Seattle, WA, 98195-
(206) 616-3590
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
We propose to develop techniques and equipment for fully automated retrieval, refueling/ recharging, and relaunch of Aerovel"s Flexrotor. Our method would be suitable for use on a small platform such as a boat in a choppy sea. It would allow the ground-handling cycle to be performed remotely with no manual intervention, and so enable extended missions through remote unattended sites. Planned work includes demonstration of autonomous turnaround on land, and optionally at sea. These could be followed in Phase III by a demonstration of Flexrotor"s long range and autonomy, with a circuit between the west coast and Hawaii including a fully-automatic refueling stop.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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