Very Low Cost Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) Avionics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N41756-02-M-2034
Agency Tracking Number: N01-147-06
Amount: $69,924.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
9950 Wakeman Drive, Manassas, VA, 20110
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ben Motazed
 VP, Technology
 (703) 331-1051
Business Contact
 John Langford
Title: President
Phone: (703) 369-3633
Research Institution
"Athena Technologies Inc. (Athena) proposes to develop an affordable, lighweight, and low power INS/GPS integrated flight control system (FCS), hereafter referred to as micro-FCS, capable of guidance, navigation, and control of expendable unmanned airvehicles (UAVs). The proposed approach leverages Athena's expertise in design, fabrication, and operational qualification of our miniaturized GuideStar flight control hardware and our patented and flight-demonstrated Feedback LTI'zation control algorithms.Unlike conventional gain scheduling techniques that require design and testing of tens or hundreds of control design points and switching among each, Feedback LTI'zation uniquely achieves this with the design of only a few design points, valid and stableover the entire flight envelope. This design formulation elegantly produces robust and very small footprint control algorithms, resulting in efficient software maintenance, moderate computational requirements, and overall reduction in software life cyclecosts. We believe Athena's expertise in highly-integrated hardware design, combined with the elegance of our flight control algorithms, affords a powerful and innovative solution in producing a new generation of miniaturized and very affordable advancedavionics applicable to a myriad of expendable UAV systems. The future global commerical potential for the micro-FCS in the model airplane market will be enormous, and will allow a larger gro

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