Autonomous Operation of UAVs from USVs

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$99,933.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N65538-05-M-0127
Solitcitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Number:
2005.1
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2005
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
N051-055-0888
Solicitation Topic Code:
N05-055
Small Business Information
ACCURATE AUTOMATION CORP.
7001 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga, TN, 37421
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
194646782
Principal Investigator
 Chadwick Cox
 Principal Investigator
 (423) 894-4646
 ccox@accurate-automation.com
Business Contact
 Reba Pap
Title: CEO
Phone: (423) 894-4646
Email: rpap@accurate-automation.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Accurate Automation Corporation (AAC) will address the integral operation of a USV with multiple UAVs. Such a system leverages the advantages of both platforms while compensating for the limitations of each. The USV provides range and endurance, deploying the UAVs across a long distance or after long periods on station. The USV also provides sensor coverage of the underwater environment, of which a UAV has a limited view. The UAVs extend the USV's sight over the horizon and provide additional communications range. AAC has outlined an innovative concept for stowing, launching, recovering, refueling, and then relaunching or restowing, multiple Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) from an Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV). This concept is identified as the Automated Launch and Recovery System (ALaRS) and it is based upon an Autonomous Ball Catch (ABC).

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