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Improvements to Sense and Avoid (SAA) Systems for Unmanned Aircraft Systems…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
86333
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
08SB1-0001
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Defense Engineering Corporation
124 Chartley Court Suite 100 Beavercreek, OH -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Improvements to Sense and Avoid (SAA) Systems for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0010
Award Amount: $99,887.00
 

Abstract:

There is no Sense and Avoid (SAA) solution for small UAS such as Scan Eagle, Raven, or BATMAV, which represent by far the greatest number of UAS. Equipping small UAS with SAA capability is problematic, mainly due to the very small size, weight and power (SWAP) resources available. The SAA system must compete for critical SWAP resources with fuel and payload sensors. Small, low-power EO and sensors do exist, but these typically have much lower resolution and sensitivity as well as analog-only video outputs, which seriously degrades their utility for intruder detection and processing. Additionally, EO sensors have no capability at night, except against illuminated aircraft; this may be fine for civil airspace operation, but is problematic for Air Force SUAS which train and operate almost exclusively with covert aircraft. Defense Engineering Corporation (DEC) has devised an innovative solution for this challenging problem based on state of the art sensor and algorithm technology. The Defense Advance Research Agency (DARPA) is developing the Micro-Sensing for Imaging (MISI), a high-sensitivity, high-resolution, infrared imaging device weighing less than 10 grams. The DEC team will embed intruder detection and avoidance algorithms directly into the MISI sensor to create an effective SAA solution for small UAS.

Principal Investigator:

James Utt
President
9375724576
James.Utt@defengcorp.com

Business Contact:

James Utt
President
9375724576
james.utt@defengcorp.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

DEFENSE ENGINEERING CORP.
124 Chartley Court Suite 100 Beavercreek, OH 45440

EIN/Tax ID: 261283995
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No