Helicopter Remote Manipulation of External Slingloads (HERMES)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,974.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911W6-06-C-0021
Award Id:
73904
Agency Tracking Number:
A052-057-2318
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ADVANCED OPTICAL SYSTEMS, INC. (Currently Advanced Optical Systems, Inc)
6767 Old Madison Pike, Suite 410, Huntsville, AL, 35806
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
363526914
Principal Investigator:
Stephen Granade
Senior Scientist
(256) 971-0036
granade@aos-inc.com
Business Contact:
Kim Nelson
Business Manager
(256) 971-0036
contracts@aos-inc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Helicopter operations in low visibility conditions and sling load operations continue to add risk to aviation operations. If slingloads could be picked up without use of a ground crew, lives could be saved. In addition, a sensor that could detect obstacles as well as the load would help in low-visibility conditions. We propose to develop such a system. It will include the mechanical structures necessary for uncrewed operation and automatic electrical grounding of the helicopter, the sensors for locating the loads and surrounding obstacles, and integration in both the helicopter technical systems and the operational procedures for acquiring external loads. In this approach, the ground crew will only set the load in place and ensure that the latching mechanism is properly deployed. Our baseline approach is to modify existing technologies. For the external load hook mechanisms, use a variant of an existing automatic docking system such as Michigan Aerospace's Autonomous Microsatellite Docking System (AMDS). For sensors, use two different sensing technologies. The first locates the load's hook mechanism location with respect to the helicopter's hook. The second scans the surroundings and provide information about altitude and obstacle location. The information is given to the crew through one or more monitors.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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