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Micro Air Vehicle Tether Recovery Apparatus (MAVTRAP)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-10-C-0047
Agency Tracking Number: F08A-014-0030
Amount: $749,203.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF08-T014
Solicitation Number: 2008.A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-02-19
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2012-02-19
Small Business Information
2153 SE Hawthorne Rd. Ste. 106, Gainesville, FL, 32641
DUNS: 782828045
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Donald MacArthur
 Chief Technology Officer
 (352) 505-7408
 dmacarthur@iat-llc.com
Business Contact
 Erica MacArthur
Title: President
Phone: (352) 505-7428
Email: emacarthur@iat-llc.com
Research Institution
 University of Florida
 Roslyn Heath
 University of Florida
Gainesville, FL, 32611
 (352) 392-9447
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Our team proposes to develop, test, and commercialize a Micro Air Vehicle Tether Recovery APparatus (MAVTRAP). This system operates by deploying an instrumented MAV capture device attached via a tether system from a mothership unmanned air vehicle (UAV). The instrumented MAV capture device contains an integrated avionics suite. Our team will determine and control the precise mother ship UAV loiter pattern and tether/capture device properties such as tether length and capture device drag needed to enable sub-orbit or stationary modes. This system will allow for a large UAV to recover micro-air vehicles while flying at high altitudes and speeds. The proposed system is scalable for recovery of single or multiple MAVs. Our team’s background in nonlinear tether modeling, mechanism design, vision-based control, and embedded navigation electronics ensures a low risk, and productive investment for this effort. BENEFIT: The commercialized recovery system will allow for swarms of MAVs to be deployed to perform immediate aerial coverage of large areas. This capability is not currently available without incurring large costs for equipment and personnel. Military uses of these systems can include target acquisition/tracking, aerial recharging, and under cloud cover aerial mapping. Special Operations may benefit from aerially deployed and recovered UAV assets thereby reducing ground support equipment. UAV assets can be deployed in remote locations without requiring ground launch equipment or runways.

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