Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) has been awarded a Navy Phase I SBIR to develop a built-for-purpose small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) for Probing Elevated, Confined, and Tight-space Areas Complimented with Long Endurance (SPECTACLE).
This technology is intended to initially serve Naval ship-building and sustainment activities, with expanded applicability to commercial shipyard activities. The Navy is in need of an aerial inspection platform capable of more than 15 minutes of flight time; this is currently not met with existing aerial platforms falling within the specific size constraint. PSI’s technology for high energy-density batteries for unmanned platforms, and expertise in developing custom drones for mission-specific applications will result in a developed aerial platform meeting or exceeding the critical requirement for long endurance. PSI will demonstrate feasibility of developing such a low-cost DoD-ready sUAS with emphasis on increased flight endurance, using largely commercial-of-the-shelf components where possible.
For more information contact:
Dr. Joel Hensley
Vice President, Photonics Enterprise
Physical Sciences Inc.
Office: (978) 689-0003
Acknowledgement of Sponsorship: This work is supported under a contract with the Office of Naval Research. This support does not constitute an express or implied endorsement on the part of the Government.