For immediate release
Oct. 5, 2020
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory researchers showcase 5 innovative unmanned technologies
WASHINGTON — U.S. Naval Research Laboratory virtually showcase innovative science and technology from Oct. 5 – Oct. 8 at AUVSI Xponential 2020. [LINK].
Visit the booth to learn more about NRL from our researchers and get the latest update about the featured technology on display.
-CICADA (Close-in Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft) is designed for launch from manned or unmanned aircraft, balloons, or precision-guided munitions. After being deployed, CICADA glides to a waypoint, enters an orbit, and then descends within the orbit until it reaches the ground, typically landing with an average error of 15 feet from the commanded orbit.
-Free-to-Pitch (F2P) Variable Pitch Propeller is a passive variable pitch propeller suitable for small unmanned aerial vehicles. The propeller blades are tailored to result in a positive-lift blade-pitch trim condition during inflight operations resulting in improved field, climb, and speed performance.
-MUTE (Multipurpose Ultrasonic Trans-receiver for Electronic Warfare) An ultrasonic positioning and communications system, enabling relative-positioning and two-way communications between two unmanned platforms in tandem, while delivering centimeter accuracy.
-NRL Solar Soaring combines integrated solar photovoltaic arrays and autonomous soaring algorithms, specifically with interest toward extended daytime flights over the ocean, with the goal of easing charging time requirements for overnight battery flight.
-NRL Stackless Fuel Cells operate as a high power, low weight hydrogen fuel cell, which acts as a power producing skin on the main body for unmanned vehicles. The natural airflow through the fuel cell removes water, delivers oxygen, and cools the surface.
Nicholas E. M. Pasquini, NRL Corporate Communications, Nicholas.email@example.com
About the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory is a scientific and engineering command dedicated to research that drives innovative advances for the Navy and Marine Corps from the seafloor to space and in the information domain. NRL headquarters is located in Washington, D.C., with major field sites in Stennis Space Center, Mississippi, Key West, Florida, and Monterey, California, and employs approximately 2,500 civilian scientists, engineers and support personnel.