The Micro-enterprise Inventors Program of Oregon (MIPO) and the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network (OSBDC) will host the SBIR/STTR 2012 National Conference: Crack the Code an event that welcomes entrepreneurs, businesses, government agencies, innovators, universities, and community partners to Portland, Oregon.

SBIR/STTR are competitive federal government grant programs that fund small businesses to develop innovative, high-risk technologies with the goal of increasing private sector commercialization into the marketplace.
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Ben Berry

AirShip Technologies Group
I lead an aerospace design and manufacturing company for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that provide aircraft aerial geographic intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to civil sector 1st Responders and the military.

AirShipTG’s core competencies are VTOL UAV airframe and fuselage design and development, Solar Turbine clean tech air accelerator propulsion, and persistent high endurance autonomous flight control. The UAVs are targeted for global military and commercial manufacturers as they seek alternatives in replacing or supplementing traditional light weight helicopters, aircraft and ground transit vehicles.

Two things have come together to make the AirShip V2 invention the next killer app and game changer. First, AirShip Technologies Group is developing a clean tech Solar Turbine to power the AirShip V2 UAV with external solar film array that charges internal ultra capacitors. This tandem power design provides propulsion power for the UAV’s long endurance flight of 30 to 90 days, depending on weather conditions. Secondly, the newly signed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) House Bill opens up the U.S. national airspace for lightweight UAVs. We plan to adhere to the FAA requirements of a total weight no more than 4.4 pounds and a 400 foot altitude ceiling.

The AirShip V2 VTOL UAV and integrated AirScape service delivery system represents a disruptive entry into what will become a highly lucrative commercial use of UAVs that expands far beyond military use. The UAV serves as a service delivery platform for 24x7 video surveillance coverage, aerial air sniffer for explosives, IEDs and narcotics. The vehicles “AirScape” service is a low cost, scalable service capable of serving multi-year contracts for geographic imaging.

My Speakers Sessions

Wednesday, November 14

2:30pm PST