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Rapid Sample Transport in Austere Environments

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Piasecki Aircraft
519 W 2nd Street Essington, PA 19029-1231
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Rapid Sample Transport in Austere Environments
Agency: DOD
Contract: W911SR-13-C-0024
Award Amount: $99,907.00


Piasecki Aircraft proposes to meet the challenge of delivering a biological or chemical sample maintained at less than -20 deg Celcius over a range of up to 1000 miles with a precision landing with a portable unmanned aerial system capable of a vertical takeoff, cruise flight range typical of a fixed wing platform, and able to perform a precision landing. The system consists of a lifting quadrotor that air-launches a fixed wing, packable UAV with threshold 450 mile range and a soft precision landing system using a parachute capable of 50 yard accuracy. An electric cooling system using a peltier junction maintains the sample temperature at -50°C throughout the flight. En-route the system can accept updated flight plan data, and provided health and status information via remote telemetry. The Phase I development work will produce a preliminary design including CAD models and an operator interface to directly support a follow-on proof of concept prototype demonstration in Phase II.

Principal Investigator:

Brian Geiger
(610) 521-5700

Business Contact:

John W. Piasecki
(610) 521-5700
Small Business Information at Submission:

Piasecki Aircraft Corporation
519 West Second Street P.O. Box 360 Essington, PA -

EIN/Tax ID: 231473063
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No