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Multi-Vehicle Cooperative Control for Teams of Air and Sea Vehicles Performing…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
82739
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N071-096-0678
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
4 Cambridge Center 11th Floor Cambridge, MA 02142-1494
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Multi-Vehicle Cooperative Control for Teams of Air and Sea Vehicles Performing Littoral Operations
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-07-M-0387
Award Amount: $69,971.00
 

Abstract:

Aurora Flight Sciences proposes to apply algorithms for cooperative tasking of multiple unmanned vehicles, which have been significantly matured in UAVs, to a variety of USV littoral search, inspection, and force protection missions. Because of our mature starting point, the focus will be to address real-world issues such as distributed implementation over intermittent communication networks; dynamic, stochastic environments; and management of vehicle loss and other multi-vehicle health management issues. Aurora's existing collaboration with MIT researchers will be expanded to include Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI), who together with Aurora researchers with seminal experience in Autonomous Surface Craft will work toward transitioning technologies from the UAV to the USV realm. Cooperative USV/UAV/UUV teams will be considered, in which some members play the role of communication relays (UAVs for host ship-to-USV comms, USVs for host ship-to-UUV comms. Existing multi-vehicle real-time simulations with communication emulation are already available for these studies, and the MIT-developed Robust Decentralized Task Assignment (RDTA) algorithms can be used to optimize planning for flexible, diverse unmanned teams with diverse sensor sets. Extensions to incorporate recent results in multi-vehicle health management and human interfaces to reduce operator work load will also be incorporated.

Principal Investigator:

James Paduano
Project Manager
6172254318
jpaduano@aurora.aero

Business Contact:

Diana Eichfeld
Contracts Manager
7033966329
deichfeld@aurora.aero
Small Business Information at Submission:

AURORA FLIGHT SCIENCES CORP.
9950 Wakeman Drive Manassas, VA 20110

EIN/Tax ID: 541502935
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No