A low-cost unmanned aerial vehicle with towed miniature atomic magnetometer array

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-13-C-0233
Agency Tracking Number: N121-006-0914
Amount: $749,033.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solitcitation Year: 2012
Solitcitation Topic Code: N121-006
Solitcitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
Twinleaf
848 Alexander Road, Princeton, NJ, -
Duns: 794039441
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Thomas Kornack
 Chief Scientist
 (609) 759-0859
 kornack@twinleaf.com
Business Contact
 Elizabeth Foley
Title: President
Phone: (609) 759-0859
Email: foley@twinleaf.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The Navy seeks to deploy sensitive atomic magnetometers on small, inexpensive UAVs that deploy from a sonobuoy tube. There are three primary challenges with this approach: First, existing magnetometer systems are too large to fit on a typical tube-launched UAV. Second, sources of magnetic noise such as the motor are close to the sensors and have the potential to overwhelm the sensors. Third, existing UAVs are built using magnetic materials that can degrade the performance of the magnetometers. This proposal describes a development program to solve this engineering challenge: First, Use Twinleaf"s new SAM-2 atomic magnetometer system that has been uniquely designed to fit on a sonobuoy-launched UAV when it becomes available in 2013. Second, implement magnetic noise and heading error compensation algorithms in the SAM-2 control unit that were first developed in Phase I of this project. Design and integrate sensors on a Latitude Engineering low-magnetic-noise Non-Articulating Magnetic Anomaly Detection NAMAD UAV design that is uniquely suited to fly magnetic field sensors.

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