Tethered VTOL Comms Relay Powered by Laser over Fiber
Navy SBIR FY2013.1

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2013.1
Topic No.: N131-039
Topic Title: Tethered VTOL Comms Relay Powered by Laser over Fiber
Proposal No.: N131-039-0891
Firm: LaserMotive, Inc.
19645 70th Ave. S.
Kent, Washington 98032
Contact: Tom Nugent
Phone: (253) 872-3300
Web Site: http://lasermotive.com
Abstract: Analyze a tethered VTOL system capable of carrying and maintaining the required communications relay components to at least 500 feet AGL for up to four days continuously. The VTOL and comms relay package receive power delivered using laser power from the surface vehicle over fiber optic cable and converted into electricity on-board the VTOL craft via photovoltaics. Such a system is smaller, lighter weight, and much easier to deploy and recover than any lighter than air solution (aerostat).
Benefits: The major anticipated commercial application from the development of lightweight tethered VTOL capability will be its use across all military branches as well as in civilian world for police, fire, news broadcasters, and more.