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TRANSFORM MISSION PLANNING INTO CLASSICAL MECHANICS DOMAIN

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
17750
Program Year/Program:
1994 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
17750
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Toyon Research Corporation
6800 Cortona Drive Goleta, CA 93117-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1994
Title: TRANSFORM MISSION PLANNING INTO CLASSICAL MECHANICS DOMAIN
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $323,499.00
 

Abstract:

ONE OF THE MOST CHALLENGING PROBLEMS IN AUTOMATED MISSION PLANNING IS THE CREATION OF A ROUTE FOR AN AIRCRAFT TO FOLLOW WHICH IS BOTH FEASIBLE, BASED ON AIRCRAFT KINEMATIC CAPABILITY, AND MINIMIZES THE EXPOSURE OF THE AIRCRAFT TO ENEMY AIR DEFENSES. SEVERAL TECHNIQUES ARE CURRENTLY IN USE WHICH APPROACH THE PROBLEM BY DISCRETIZING EITHER THE SCENARIO REGION OR THE ROUTE OF THE AIRCRAFT. IN THIS PROPOSAL WE BRIEFLY DISCUSS SOME OF THE DRAWBACKS OF THESE TECHNIQUES AND THEN WE DESCRIBE A NEW APPROACH. THE NEW APPROACH IS TO FORMULATE THE PROBLEM AS AN OPTIMAL CONTROL PROBLEM. OPTIMAL CONTROL THEORY HAS PREVIOUSLY BEEN USED TO SOLVE PROBLEMS IN CLASSICAL MECHANICS AND FOR FINDING OPTIMAL TRAJECTORIES FOR SPACECRAFT. THIS APPROACH HAS THE ADVANTAGE THAT THE DYNAMICS OF THE AIRCRAFT ARE EXPLICITLY MODELED IN THE PROBLEM FORMULATION SO THAT IT WILL ALWAYS PRODUCE FEASIBLE ROUTES. IN ADDITION, IT CAN BE USED TO FIND AN OPTIMUM ROUTE DIRECTLY, WITHOUT A TIME-CONSUMING TRIAL-AND-ERROR PROCESS. ANTICIPATED BENEFITS/POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS - THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THIS PROPOSED EFFORT WILL LEAD TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF BETTER AUTOMATED MISSION PLANNING SYSTEMS. THIS WILL ALLOW AIRCRAFT TO HAVE A GREATER CHANCE OF SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING THEIR MISSIONS AND RETURNING SAFELY.

Principal Investigator:

Kevin Sullivan
8059686787

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Toyon Research Corp
75 Aero Camino, Suite A Goleta, CA 93117

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