Aerostat Communications Relay from Unmanned Surface Vehicle

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$79,806.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00024-13-P-4589
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N131-039-0518
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
N131-039
Solicitation Number:
2013.1
Small Business Information
PO Box 202, West End of Second Street, Essington, PA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
793042243
Principal Investigator:
RichardBillingslea
Senior Systems Engineer
(610) 521-6115
richardbillingslea@dragonflypicture.com
Business Contact:
GregoryPiasecki
Director of Commercializa
(610) 521-6115
gregorypiasecki@dragonflypictures.c
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
The CommLift Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is an alternate and novel approach to providing long range, over-the-horizon, communications for surface vessels; it uses a tethered electric UAV to carry a radio payload to suitable altitude, rather than an aerostat. The tether provides power from an unmanned surface vessel (USV) to the UAV and also bi-directional communications between them. Since electric power is supplied from the surface, the UAV endurance is unlimited. The essential innovations are (1) an autonomous UAV to be tethered to takeoff, follow above, and land on, a USV, (2) to provide UAV power and communications over the tether, and (3) paired UAV autopilots (one at the surface and one on the UAV) to allow the UAV to follow USV movements and to control UAV takeoff and landing. The Phase I performance metrics are demonstration of suitable power and communications over a>525 ft. tether, tethered takeoff and landing of a multirotor UAV from a 30 knot moving vehicle and control of a high voltage brushless DC motor"s speed and design of tether control system and surface based support package.

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