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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$749,033.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68335-13-C-0233
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N121-006-0914
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
N121-006
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
Twinleaf (Currently TWINLEAF LLC)
848 Alexander Road, Princeton, NJ, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
794039441
Principal Investigator:
Thomas Kornack
Chief Scientist
(609) 759-0859
kornack@twinleaf.com
Business Contact:
Elizabeth Foley
President
(609) 759-0859
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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