Low Cost, High Precision, Low Payload Weight, Autonomous, Aerial Delivery System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DAAD16-04-C-0084
Agency Tracking Number: A022-0014
Amount: $729,980.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
499 Van Brunt St. Pier 3B, Brooklyn, NY, 11231
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Daniel Preston
 (718) 923-1709
Business Contact
 Stacy Cohen
Title: Office Manager
Phone: (718) 923-1709
Email: stacy@extremefly.com
Research Institution
Atair Aerospace proposes to further develop and enhance the capabilities of the 75# ONYX System achieved in the Phase I effort. The primary Phase II objectives of this project are to develop and integrate wireless Peer-to-Peer (P2P) network capabilitiesinto the ONYX System and develop advanced P2P software functions that will manage multiple guided systems (either in the plane, in the air, or on the ground) to set coordinates, receive telemetry, override control and allow for autonomous collisionavoidance or formation flying, from a single portable computer system. In addition, a comprehensive drop test study will be to provide a detailed map of the system's performance regarding payload weights. Drag and balance of practical cargo within thesystem's weight range will be analyzed and collected data used to generate a user manual of operational limits and rigging guidelines for objects being dropped with the ONYX System. Autonomous fleets of deployable high altitude precision aerial deliverysystems are of indispensable value to the military. Essential strategic value lies in military supply efforts. Due to the proliferation of low cost surface to air missiles, high altitude airdrop techniques greatly reduce aircraft and ground troopvulnerability. Such capabilities are also needed for the quick and efficient distribution of humanitarian aid and disaster relief. Specialized commercial delivery is an additional commercial application for these systems. Possible uses include the abilityto land and recover equipment used in stratospheric launches. Such balloon and rocket launches are fundamental in testing new satellites and high altitude equipment. Current systems use parachute recovery from high altitudes that lack any guidance forprecision return causing frequent, costly, equipment and data loss.

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