Autonomous Operation of UAVs from USVs

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-05-M-0127
Agency Tracking Number: N051-055-0888
Amount: $99,933.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-055
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
7001 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga, TN, 37421
DUNS: 194646782
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Chadwick Cox
 Principal Investigator
 (423) 894-4646
Business Contact
 Reba Pap
Title: CEO
Phone: (423) 894-4646
Research Institution
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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