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Fast Online Prediction of Aircraft State Trajectories (FORECAST) System

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Department of Defense
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2009 / STTR
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Scientific Systems Company, Inc
500 West Cummings Park - Ste 3000 Woburn, MA 01801-6562
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Fast Online Prediction of Aircraft State Trajectories (FORECAST) System
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-09-C-0590
Award Amount: $69,999.00


The SSCI team proposes to develop and test the on-board Fast Online pREdiCtion of Aircraft State Trajectories (FORECAST) system, using minimum state information such as 3-D position of a threat aircraft, to generate predicted trajectories and reachable sets T seconds into the future. It will be based on a nonlinear constrained stochastic model of aircraft dynamics involving rapid maneuvering, advanced nonlinear filtering techniques, and the design of the predicted exclusion zone for the aircraft operating in the vicinity of the threat aircraft. The algorithms used to develop the FORECAST technology will include: multi-model nonlinear filtering using Interacting Multiple Models; Extended Kalman Filter; Fokker Planck Equation; and exclusion zone calculation using stochastic feedback version of the Rapidly-exploring Random Trees algorithm. In Phase I, we will test the FORECAST system on a simplified scenario simulation. The Option will include extensive testing on a higher-fidelity simulation. In Phase II, we will continue algorithm development, perform extensive simulations and flight testing at MIT''s RAVEN facility, and develop the FORECAST software toolbox. Our academic partner, Prof. Jonathan How of MIT, brings in a wealth of expertise and experience in the area of 4-D trajectory planning, autonomous UAV control, multi-agent collaboration, and advanced flight test facilities.

Principal Investigator:

Jovan Boscovic
Group Leader, Auton. & Int. Control

Business Contact:

Jay Miselis
Corporate Controller
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Scientific Systems Company, Inc
500 West Cummings Park - Ste 3000 Woburn, MA 01801

EIN/Tax ID: 043053085
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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Research Institution Information:
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Room 33-236
Cambridge, MA 2139
Contact: Jonathan How
Contact Phone: (617) 253-3267
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university