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CURVE (Coordinated UAV Routing in Variable Environments)

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
70393
Program Year/Program:
2004 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N045-003-0085
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
NEPTUNE SCIENCES, INC.
40201 Highway 190 East Slidell, LA 70461
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: CURVE (Coordinated UAV Routing in Variable Environments)
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-04-M-0323
Award Amount: $69,417.00
 

Abstract:

The objective is to determine the best algorithmic approach to optimally select unmanned vehicle flight paths that maximize mission success for attached sensors. That involves trade-offs between a) active emissions and passive collections, b) high and low altitudes, c) high and low speeds, d) day and night operations, e) rough and smooth terrain, f) accuracy and efficiency, etc. The solutions will optimize altitude and speed, accounting for the tradeoff between mission success, sensor performance, fuel efficiency, and vulnerability. The solution will involve a strategy for active emissions that considers target reaction. Optimal emission strategies (in space and time) will be evaluated that cause desired threat behavior (i.e., herding), so that passive sensor performance will be enhanced. The solution will represent a blend of accuracy and efficiency, and the operator will have control over this trade-off. Quick calculations (with loss in accuracy) are required in order to plan over large areas or to consider and choose between many reasonable plans. A layered, iterative approach will be followed so that intermediate solutions can be considered automatically. Physical assumptions and constraints will be relaxed, in an objective controlled way, in order to achieve the correct blend of accuracy and efficiency.

Principal Investigator:

Donald R. Delbalzo
Senior Scientist
9856497252
delbalzo@neptunesci.com

Business Contact:

Marshall D. Earle
President
9856497252
md.earle@neptunesci.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

NEPTUNE SCIENCES, INC.
40201 Highway 190 East Slidell, LA 70461

EIN/Tax ID: 721181381
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of New Orleans
Office of Research and Sponsor, CERM Bldg., Room No. 422 Lak
New Orleans, LA 70148
Contact: Xiao-Rong Li
Contact Phone: (504) 280-7489
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university