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Automated Sense and Avoid for Due Regard

Award Information

Department of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 10-032
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
DreamHammer Incorporated
501 Colorado Ave., Suite 300 Santa Monica, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Automated Sense and Avoid for Due Regard
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68936-10-C-0088
Award Amount: $78,646.00


This proposal outlines a feature-rich end-to-end Sense and Avoid (SAVD) system, henceforth called "The SAVD System". The basis for the design targets on a solution that integrates autonomous sense and avoid capabilities with manned and unmanned air vehicles that can be utilized by different types operators (Air Traffic Controllers, Pilots, Operators, Mission Commanders, etc). The solution will be built on an open and extensible framework, which allows for little to no impact on aircraft design and is independent of any proprietary interfaces. Keeping agility in mind, the SAVD system allows for 3 different types of configuration based on need, link quality, and aircraft size: a ground only solution, an aircraft only solution, and a mixed ground & aircraft solution. Leveraging on both the open framework and the agile configurations, the SAVD system implements a viral data dissemination approach that allows for the sharing of airspace data among disparate ground control stations throughout the world. Focusing on usability, the ground based user interfaces are built on a 4D geospatial and temporal interface, which bring forth intuitive operation and clear airspace awareness. Lastly, the system is compact and powerful. Weigh less than 2 lb. including cameras, main-board, processor and chassis, the aircraft piece of the SAVD system is capable of detecting aircraft, tracking them, projecting their trajectories, and processing CNS/ATM compliant avoidance maneuvers.

Principal Investigator:

Chris Diebner
Chief Engineer

Business Contact:

Melissa Cross
VP Marketing
Small Business Information at Submission:

DreamHammer Incorporated
501 Colorado Ave., Suite 200 Santa Monica, CA 90401

EIN/Tax ID: 954782513
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No