Target Arm Awarded Phase 2, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) From the US Air Force
Award is to research and develop a pre-production, autonomous, universal, launch and recovery platform for drones with moving vehicles.
By: Target Arm
Tular is the world's first and only Universal Launch and Recovery (ULaR) platform for Unmanned Systems (UxS) and drones, in all environments and all operations, for moving vehicles. This year-long development effort will culminate in a full system, autonomous test with warfighter units.
The program is funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), through their accelerator AFWERX. AFRL and AFWERX have partnered to streamline the Small Business Innovation Research process in an attempt to speed up the experience, broaden the pool of potential applicants and decrease bureaucratic overhead. Beginning in SBIR 18.2, and now in 19.2, the Air Force has begun offering 'Special' SBIR topics that are faster, leaner and open to a broader range of innovations.
Target Arm intends to revolutionize military operations while maneuvering, as well as commercial package delivery to/from moving vehicles throughout the supply chain. The impact on the military will be profound, giving each echelon of forces control over their own UAVs - without stopping. Tular is agnostic to proprietary UAVs and their various shapes and sizes, to include both rotary wing and fixed wing drones. In addition, Tular is expected to have a similar revolutionary effect on faster package delivery, enabling trucks to increase deliveries while moving; thereby, meeting rising customer expectations.
Jeff McChesney/CEO further added, "Tular is a simple, but elegant solution that just keeps better and more robust with every new feature we add. We've recently added Line Replaceable Unit (LRUs) for the pin arrays, computer controls and now fully reprogrammable operations. Already, we've tested the pin actuators to over 7000 cycles. We're excited to get started on our first goal with this funding: to integrate and embed Tular through the roof of a moving vehicle."
Target Arm LLC is a Service Disabled, Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), founded in 2017 to provide for development and commercialization of the patented Tular. For more information please visit http://www.targetarm.com, or contact Jeff McChesney, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203.434.5866.