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Bio-Inspired Sensing and Control for Improved Micro Air Vehicle Agility

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
90119
Program Year/Program:
2009 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F08A-008-0138
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Impact Technologies, LLC
200 Canal View Blvd Rochester, NY -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Bio-Inspired Sensing and Control for Improved Micro Air Vehicle Agility
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-09-C-0035
Award Amount: $99,822.00
 

Abstract:

Impact Technologies, LLC in collaboration with Georgia Tech, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and our commercialization partner Boeing, is proposing to develop a bio-inspired autonomous Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) platform capable of agile flight operations in cluttered urban environments. Building upon the experience of this team with UAV controls and autonomous urban operations, we will develop and demonstrate the following innovative technologies to improve MAV flight agility: (1) a bio-inspired agile MAV platform with morphing wing actuation; (2) an innovative micro attitude estimation device using a set of inexpensive accelerometers and angular rate sensors for highly accurate attitude estimation; and (3) a hierarchical intelligent control architecture featuring autonomous mode transitioning and neural network-based adaptive controls. We will take advantage of the MAV test platforms the team has built and tested in the past few years as initial test bed to integrate and evaluate the proposed sensor, control architecture and algorithms. Phase I will provide a proof-of-feasibility demonstration in an integrated software-hardware simulation environment. Hardware integration and flight tests are planned with our commercialization partner Boeing for Phase II. In addition, Impact will work closely with industry partners to develop a technology transfer and commercialization plan for developed MAV platforms.

Principal Investigator:

Michael J. Roemer
Director of Engineering
5854241990
mike.roemer@impact-tek.com

Business Contact:

Mark L. Redding
President
5854241990
mark.redding@impact-tek.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

IMPACT TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
200 Canal View Blvd Rochester, NY 14623

EIN/Tax ID: 161567136
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
141 Lomb Memorial Drive
L. Slaughter Bldg., Ste. 2000
Rochester, NY 14623
Contact: Katherine Clark
Contact Phone: (585) 475-7984
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university