Sonobuoy Glide-Kit Development for Rapid and Precise Delivery

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$749,980.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68335-12-C-0193
Agency Tracking Number:
N102-117-0947
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N102-117
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Small Business Information
Barron Associates, Inc.
1410 Sachem Place, Suite 202, Charlottesville, VA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
120839477
Principal Investigator:
David Neal
Research Scientist
(434) 973-1215
barron@bainet.com
Business Contact:
Connie Hoover
General Manager
(434) 973-1215
barron@bainet.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Barron Associates, Inc. has developed a unique and innovative design for precision-guided sonobuoy delivery. A compact glide-kit encloses the sonobuoy and deploys aerodynamic surfaces in-flight to provide glide and maneuver capability. The glide-kit fits within a compact design volume and has minimal impact on the interior sonobuoy volume. Barron Associates custom guidance and control (G & C) algorithm provides accurate targeting to command the glide-kit with sonobuoy payload to a specified touchdown location and can achieve precision touchdowns even in presence of unknown wind disturbances. The Phase II effort will focus on enhancing the design for full-envelope operation and flight-testing the glide-kit. The flight test demonstrations will include autonomous testing that utilizes the G & C algorithms implemented onto custom autopilot hardware. Barron Associates has teamed with Virginia Commonwealth University UAV Group to develop a low-cost integrated navigation hardware/software solution. In addition to the flight test efforts, Barron Associates will perform a manufacturing analysis to determine unit production costs.

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