Reliable Actuators for Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DAAH10-02-C-0014
Agency Tracking Number: A012-1846
Amount: $69,776.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Aerovironment, Inc.
825 S. Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia, CA, 91016
DUNS: 058024456
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Matthew Keennon
 Project Manager
 (805) 581-2187
Business Contact
 Bob Curtin
Title: Vice President
Phone: (805) 581-2187
Research Institution
"Recent advances and development efforts in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and sensor technologies have resulted in potential for increased capability in small and micro-sized UAVs. While advanced have been made in the capabilities of the vehicles and somesubsystems, a lack of emphasis has been placed on actuator technologies. Reduction in the size of the vehicle characteristically increases the vehicle dynamic frequencies. This has created a requirement for very lightweight and reliable miniatureactuators with higher bandwidth. This effort will result in a scalable actuator design that fills the current void in suitable actuators UAVs sized from approximately 3 to 12 inches. Actuator requirements for micro UAVs will be investigated includingapplications for fixed wing, rotorcraft and payloads. Technologies in various fields will be examined to determine what is the current state of the art and evaluate which technologies may be appropriate for micro UAVs. The resulting data will be used todesign a robust, high quality and scalable actuator for micro UAV applications. This effort will result in a design for a high quality actuator for micro UAV applications. Significant ongoing efforts in micro UAV development will benefit from acommercially available actuator. This will have the effect of extending micro UAV applications into new markets as the capability and cost improves. In addition small-scale actuators have wide use in

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