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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$499,995.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
N68335-11-C-0527
Solitcitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Number:
2009.A
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2011
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
N09A-001-0190
Solicitation Topic Code:
N09-T001
Small Business Information
Aerovel Corporation
83 Oak Ridge Rd, White Salmon, WA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
829641435
Principal Investigator
 Tad McGeer
 President
 (541) 490-4103
 tad@aerovelco.com
Business Contact
 Tad McGeer
Title: President
Phone: (541) 490-4103
Email: 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.

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