Sonobuoy Glide-Kit Development for Rapid and Precise Delivery

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