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Fast, Robust Real-Time Trajectory Generation for Autonomous and Semi-Autonomous…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
56023
Program Year/Program:
2004 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F023-0028
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Information Systems Laboratories, Inc.
10070 Barnes Canyon Road San Diego, CA 92121
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Fast, Robust Real-Time Trajectory Generation for Autonomous and Semi-Autonomous Nonlinear Flight Systems
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-04-C-0032
Award Amount: $488,282.00
 

Abstract:

Recent military campaigns in the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, and Iraq have highlighted the importance of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) to national defense and security. While UAVs have already begun to play an important role in military operations, the full impact of the technology will only be felt when autonomous capabilities of UAVs are fully developed and realized. This proposal addresses a key enabling technology for UAV autonomy: real-time path planning and trajectory generation. Automatic, real-time generation of paths and trajectories will free human operators from the details involved in low-level path planning and dynamic flight, and enable them to focus instead on higher-level mission design and objectives. In Phase~I of this project, real-time path planning and trajectory generation techniques for two-dimensional flight were developed and demonstrated in both software simulation and on a small UAV platform. In Phase~II we propose to refine, extend, and fully demonstrate the techniques developed in Phase~I. As part of this effort we will (1) add three-dimensional path planning and trajectory generation capability, (2) robustify the trajectory generation techniques with respect to wind and other environmental disturbances, and (3) augment the deliberative path planning techniques developed in Phase~I with reactive path planning and trajectory generation techniques, thereby facilitating obstacle avoidance and deconfliction with other UAVs. These extended techniques will be demonstrated by flight tests on small (1 to 6~foot wingspan) UAV. The demonstrations will be performed with sensing provided by a virtual, on-the-ground, sensor environment.

Principal Investigator:

Michael Larsen
Research Engineer
8585359680
mlarsen@islinc.com

Business Contact:

Richard Miller
Division Vice President
8585359680
rmiller@islinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

INFORMATION SYSTEMS LABORATORIES, INC.
10070 Barnes Canyon Road San Diego, CA 92121

EIN/Tax ID: 541198316
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Brigham Young University
ASB-376
Provo, UT 84602
Contact: Gary Hooper
Contact Phone: (801) 422-6028
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university