Development of an Extended Endurance Air-Launched, Tube-Integrated, Unmanned System (ALTIUS)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$749,965.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-13-C-2302
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
F112-170-0678
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF112-170
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
Area I, Inc (Currently AREA-I)
1590 N Roberts Rd, Suite 203, Kennesaw, GA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
829299747
Principal Investigator:
Nicholas Alley
CEO
(678) 594-5227
nalley@areai.aero
Business Contact:
Hilary Beeston
CFO
(678) 594-5227
hbeeston@areai.aero
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
ABSTRACT: The Area-I team propose to leverage their expertise to develop an extended-endurance Air-Launched, Tube-Integrated Unmanned System (ALTIUS). ALTIUS, meaning"higher"in Latin, will provide a paradigm shift in the performance of small, tube-launched remotely piloted aircraft (RPA). Core features and capabilities of the ALTIUS UAS will include: 1) A state-of-the-art, high-energy-density power system that is robust to harsh environmental conditions, does not pose explosive hazards, and is storable for over six months. 2) A highly efficient, lightweight carbon composite airframe that is designed specifically to accommodate the advanced power system while fitting into a common 6- to 8- inch launch tube. BENEFIT: Small UAVs offer the ability to perform missions with a reasonably low cost. One limiting factor on mission objectives is the fact that their limited size and weight restrict the ability to integrate large power systems forcing operating time to be short, single missions. Extending endurance allows a small UAV to perform longer range missions. Additionally, the ability to perform multiple missions further increases the perceived value of the aircraft making it more attractive to military and civilian customers. Presently, small UAVs are used for remote sensing and communication relay applications. Both military and civilian customers will benefit from an easily launched, light, small, extended endurance UAV.

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