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Department of Defense
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2009 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Area I, Inc
1590 N Roberts Rd Suite 203 Kennesaw, GA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Robust Autonomous Maneuvering of Unmanned Air Systems in Challenging Environmental/Weather Conditions for Safety, Mission Effectiveness, and Endurance
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-09-M-0307
Award Amount: $69,998.00


Area-I, Incorporated, and Pennsylvania State University will combine an innovative real-time technique for estimating local airmass motion, a multi-objective guidance strategy, and a state-of-the-art adaptive control architecture to develop a Reactive Controller for Harvesting Gust Energy (RECHARGE). The RECHARGE system will utilize a compact yet capable suite of sensors and flight-proven computing hardware to enhance small UAV range, endurance, and survivability, even in extremely gusty conditions. Core features and capabilities of the RECHARGE system will include: 1) Real-time, on-board, local airmass motion estimation that is robust to changing gust characteristics and changing vehicle dynamics, 2) Waypoint following to enable intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) or other primary missions, 3) Optimal guidance for extracting energy from gusty environments to increase range and endurance, 4) Gust load alleviation for enhanced survivability in volatile atmospheric conditions, 5) Adaptive flight control that provides guaranteed Lyapunov stability, even with changes to vehicle dynamics or operations in highly uncertain environments, and 6) Ease of portability to different vehicle types and configurations.

Principal Investigator:

Nicholas R. Alley

Business Contact:

Nicholas R. Alley
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Area I, Inc
349 Spring Hill Dr. Canton, GA 30115

EIN/Tax ID: 264000341
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Pennsylvania State University
Aerospace Engineering
229 Hammond Building
University Park, PA 16802
Contact: Jack Langelaan
Contact Phone: (814) 865-2659
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university