Team 05010: Transport and Sustainment System for VTOL UAV
Sponsor: Dragonfly Pictures, Inc

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The Background:
The future of warfare will be much different than it is now. Unmanned air and ground support vehicles are currently in development to assist and possibly lead assaults on enemy forces. Airborne sensor platforms currently being developed are the future eyes in the sky for military commanders and will aid in reconnaissance and targeting. Continuous surveillance of enemy forces will be possible without risking the safety of soldiers and pilots once developing technology takes flight over the battlefield.

The Product:
As defined by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) “the DP-5X program will provide a flight-ready, tactically transportable, vertical take-off and landing unmanned air vehicle (VTOL UAV) to integrate with a gimbaled payload for technology demonstration of the JIGSAW sensor package. The UAV will be employable by a two person team and deployable in a single high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV), also known as a Humvee. Multi-mission capability and modularity will allow the DP-5X to rapidly integrate additional payloads for sensing, communications, and target effects”. [1]

The Mission:
Currently, the technology to make an autonomous military weapon such as the DP-5X exists with minor setbacks:
  • Transportation
  • Guidance
  • Communications
The project team developed a cost effective, safe, modular, and easy to use system that will transport this UAV behind the HMMWV in combat situations and provide all necessary ground support for the UAV and its operators.