Autonomous Operation of UAVs from USVs

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-07-C-4124
Agency Tracking Number: N051-055-0888
Amount: $1,244,410.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
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
 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) proposes a unique Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Launch and Recovery system for a U.S. Navy Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV). AAC proposes an innovative concept for repeatedly stowing, launching, guiding, recovering, and restoring one or more UAVs without sacrificing operational tempo. While UAV’s have been used extensively in-theater to support the troops, USVs are just getting a roadmap. The Naval Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) has defined a concept for operating a UAV from a USV in support of their mission. The proposed program can be used to support another program where AAC is delivering a USV and a UAV for use in theater. With the proposed technology, the NECC UAV can be recovered on the NECC USV. Our Automatic Launch and Recovery System (ALaRS) will provide the U.S. Navy with the capability to operate UAVs for extended periods at remote locations without putting people in danger. An ALaRS leverages the advantages of two platforms with diverse capabilities while compensating for the limitations of each. The UAV and the USV bring together significant operational advantages into a single package.

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