Logos Applied sciences chosen for low-signature, powered parafoil resolution – Drones Information
The company’s hybrid-electric ParaHawk took a new approach to delivering material to the field
FAIRFAX, VA. – January 2021 Logos Technologies LLC, a leading provider of wide-range sensors and airborne processing systems, announced today that it has received a Phase I development contract from the U.S. Army’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to develop new programs Approaches to significantly reducing the signature and increasing the range of air-dripped systems.
The SBIR treaty will support research into signature reduction technologies for an air platform that can deliver material to troops without exposing itself or friendly positions. Logos believes such a platform can also carry sensor and communication payloads for long-lasting operations.
“There are many scenarios in which a powered paraglider would be superior to a non-powered drop of air when it comes to resupplying the Warfighter,” said Doug Rombough, vice president of business development for Logos Technologies. “Because of their ability to take off from unimproved runways in small clearings and their maneuverability in the air, powered paragliders allow the development of an even larger set of CONOPS.”
Powered paragliders, however, tend to have problems with acoustic and other signatures. This is where ParaHawk comes in. Developed and unveiled in 2015, the Logos hybrid electric aircraft is designed for a payload of up to 200 pounds. When approaching the ground, ParaHawk can operate very quietly and safely deliver a payload without landing.
In Phase I of the SBIR contract, Logos will build on his work on ParaHawk to identify, test, and demonstrate multiple approaches to practical reduction of radar, optics, infrared, and other acoustic signature. In the following phases, technologies are demonstrated that improve the combination of simplicity, large payload and long life of the platform. Once developed, these powered paragliders may also support additional missions such as force protection, ISR and communication missions.
“We will be looking at different materials and configurations to achieve this, but based on the results of our previous work, we are confident that we can significantly improve the Army’s capabilities,” said Rombough.
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About Logos Technologies
Founded in 1996, Logos Technologies LLC is a diversified science, engineering, and technology company specializing in advanced sensors, large area motion images, advanced analytics, and processing of large, multisource data sets. Logos serves government clients including the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as a number of clients in commercial and international markets.