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Autonomous UAV Aerodynamic Performance Analysis for the Near-Ship Environment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-14-C-0073
Agency Tracking Number: N074-004-0095a
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-T004
Solicitation Number: 2007.0
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-02-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-08-24
Small Business Information
6210 Kellers Church Road, Pipersville, PA, 18947
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeremy Shipman
 Research Scientist
 (215) 766-1520
Business Contact
 Brian York
Title: Treasurer and Principal S
Phone: (215) 766-1520
Research Institution
 The Pennsylvania State University
 Dr. Joseph Horn
 233H Hammond Building
Dept of Aerospace Engineering
University Park, PA, 16802-1503
 (814) 865-6434
 Nonprofit college or university
The overall goal of this STTR program is to develop an efficient, high-fidelity, CFD-based design tool for the simulation of ship-board flight testing of autonomous UAV systems. In the first phase of this program, an overall flight simulation framework that employs a modular approach to the flight simulation problem was developed. Phase II of the program demonstrated a fully coupled aircraft/ship simulation employing the General Helicopter Flight Dynamics Simulation (GENHEL) model to represent an H-60 rotorcraft for a restricted landing approach. The Phase II option focuses on adding the capability to move the rotorcraft relative to the ship in an efficient manner while maintaining full fidelity physics models. The proposed follow-on Phase II.5 effort will apply the fully functional tool to a specific VTUAV such as Fire Scout, perform a virtual dynamic interface analysis for an FFG class ship, and compare the results to flight test data. A proposed option effort for the Phase II.5 will focus on application to a UAV in the design stage with the goal of reducing risk and potentially influencing the approach to flight testing. The application of the simulation tools developed in this program has the potential to both reduce risk and acquisition costs for new UAV systems. Risk reduction can be achieved by using the simulation tool early in the design stages of a UAV system development process to ensure any dynamic interface issues are understood and mitigated, and that any impacts of these issues are planned for during flight testing. Acquisition costs can be reduced through insertion of the simulation results in the flight test planning process, potentially reducing the number of required live article test points. The proposal team consists of CRAFT Tech and The Pennsylvania State University.

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