Low Cost Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9451-09-M-0059
Agency Tracking Number: F083-006-2615
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF083-006
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
3292 E. Hemisphere Loop, Tucson, AZ, 85706
DUNS: 602374951
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Patterson
 Director of Research and
 (520) 573-6300
Business Contact
 Brett Waldo
Title: Controller
Phone: (520) 573-6300
Email: bwaldo@acrtucson.com
Research Institution
An approach to make a long endurance UAV with an 18 hour endurance and large payload will be developed based on an existing, fielded capability present operationally deployed.  The system will be built from COTS equipment minimizing cost and allowing for rapid maintenance and upgrading of the system as technology develops.  The system will be fully autonomous through launch, mission flight and recovery, and will carry a primary payload capable of EO/IR video and a laser designator/tracker.  The payload will be modular in construction and interchangeable with a range of other payloads.  In the Phase I the 18 hour duration will be demonstrated and in the Phase II the payload will be increased in weight, while maintaining the duration BENEFIT: The system being addressed under this SBIR is presently on track for deployment.  The increased duration and payload capability will significantly benefit our troops operating in theatre and will provide essential technology in the fight against terrorism.  The first operators would use the system under prototype configuration.  The long duration system would provide on station surveillance for an extended period and would expand the area covered by routine reconnaissance missions.  Target designation and tracking capability would mesh well with capabilities presently available from larger manned aircraft.

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