Microscale Ordnance Technologies for Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-11-C-0136
Agency Tracking Number: F093-103-0121
Amount: $1,652,554.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solitcitation Year: 2009
Solitcitation Topic Code: AF093-103
Solitcitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
Energetic Materials & Products, Inc.
1413 Brandi Lane, Round Rock, TX, -
Duns: 601218253
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dennis Willson
 (512) 380-1992
Business Contact
 Richard Johnson
Title: Project Engineer
Phone: (512) 380-1992
Email: richard.johnson@empi-inc.com
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: The proposed program is a continuation of the research, development and testing of an extremely reduced scale (1cc to 10 cc) ordnance technology that was demonstrated in the Phase I program. The concept is a high-velocity, high-temperature metal-vapor torch (MVT), designed to focus its energy into a concentrated region or distribute energy into a prescribed pattern depending upon the target characteristics. The MVT can be mounted to a small, remote-controlled platform for close approach to the target or function as the ordnance package for a small, self propelled pyrophoric missile (PM) to attack targets at 10"s of meters standoff distance. The ordnance package will include a miniature power supply, contact fuze and safe and arm device. The objectives are to: optimize the original MVT and PM design; develop derivatives that offer improved performance and functionality; and benchmark the MVT performance against multiple targets using equal volume, conventional warheads. The work plan is organized into the following three stages: component development and validation stage (designed to quickly mature the MVT ordnance package and PM propulsion system); system development and validation stage, which involves testing a realistic prototype in a relevant operational environment; and a technology transition stage. BENEFIT: The microscale ordnance technology has direct applications to developing more efficient energetic tools and devices for perforation and cutting operations in the oil exploration and production industry. EMPI is uniquely positioned to advance this commercialization because of its relationship with an energy services company for the oil industry.

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