Wing and Bomb Bay Launched (WBBL) Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-05-C-0263
Agency Tracking Number: N051-005-0854
Amount: $149,771.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-005
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
3475 Edison Way , Bldg P, Menlo Park, CA, 94025
DUNS: 809641533
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Clark
 (650) 369-6783
Business Contact
 Robert Clark
Title: President
Phone: (650) 369-6783
Research Institution
We propose to design an uninhabited aerial vehicle capable of being launched from the bomb bay or wing pylon of a P3 or other aircraft capable of carrying 500 pound stores. It would cruise at 60 to 85 knots with 10 hour endurance and 100 pound payload capacity. The design may be scaled up or down as required. We also propose to build a half scale flying prototype model using the design and construction techniques planned for the full scale UAV, and to flight test and wind tunnel test it in phase 1 and the phase 1 option. The WBBL UAV has a folding wing design in which the wings sweep back over the fuselage. The variable sweep also enables flight in wide speed range, allowing launch and rapid descending insertion into an area at up to 250 knots. Propulsion is via a ducted fan in a pusher configuration which provides a clear omnidirectional view for forward and downward looking sensors. Retractable landing gear may be fitted to enable recovery on a runway, land based testing, and other mission profiles. The form factor and aerodynamics of the stored configuration are similar to conventional P3 stores.

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