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Autonomous Command, Control and Communication for Unmanned Aircraft Operations…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
86691
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F073-089-1634
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Mosaic ATM, Inc.
540 Ft. Evans Road, NE Suite 300 Leesburg, VA 20176-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Autonomous Command, Control and Communication for Unmanned Aircraft Operations in the Terminal Control Area
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-08-M-3805
Award Amount: $99,997.00
 

Abstract:

The current command and control paradigm for management of air traffic is highly dependent on voice communication. This approach has benefited the development of Air Traffic Control (ATC) over the last century in many ways, including a low-level of required aircraft equipage and the ability to handle contingency situations and adapt to new requirements easily. However, the reliance on voice communication in ATC operations presents challenges to the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs). The remote pilot must interpret each ATC command, direct the aircraft accordingly, and communicate the appropriate response back to ATC. In this proposed effort, we apply advanced speech recognition concepts to the interpretation of ATC communications to enable autonomous communication between ATC and the Unmanned Aircraft (UA), removing the remote pilot from the communication loop between the UA and ATC. The key challenge in this approach is to ensure the required level of accuracy and reliability of the ATC speech recognition. To achieve complete autonomy, the UA must also be able to generate and transmit an appropriate response to ATC clearances. Thus, we do not require a speech recognition capability alone, but, rather, we require a fully autonomous command and control capability on-board the UA.

Principal Investigator:

Chris Brinton
President and Principal Analyst
7037377637
brinton@mosaicatm.com

Business Contact:

Chris Brinton
President and Principal Analyst
7037377637
brinton@mosaicatm.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MOSAIC ATM, INC.
801 Sycolin Road, Suite 212 Leesburg, VA 20175

EIN/Tax ID: 201480428
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No