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Integration of PALACE and Touchdown Planning Methods for Landing CUAS at…

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Department of Defense
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2011 / STTR
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Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
4 Cambridge Center 11th Floor Cambridge, MA 02142-1494
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Integration of PALACE and Touchdown Planning Methods for Landing CUAS at Unprepared Sites
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-11-C-0458
Award Amount: $738,767.00


Aurora Flight Sciences and MIT have been developing tools and techniques that, together with existing 3D environment decisionmaking and navigation tools developed by AMRDEC in the PALACE program, are well-suited to the problem of autonomous vertical landing on unprepared landing sites. In this program, Aurora will team with MIT researchers and UC Santa Cruz (UCSC licenses PALACE technologies for AMRDEC) to combine hybrid-system rapidly-expanding random trees (RRTs), PALACE technologies, careful system engineering/integration, and experimental demonstrations. The result will be a general purpose, environmentally robust, autonomous vertical landing system for remote, unprepared/sloped landing sites with obstacles, environmental disturbances, and minimal ground crew support/training. System engineering will focus on creating a system which minimizes size, weight, power, and cost (SWAP-C) requirements for sensing and computation.

Principal Investigator:

James Paduano
Senior Autonomy Controls
(617) 500-4807

Business Contact:

Diana Eichfeld
Contracts Manager
(703) 396-6329
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Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
9950 Wakeman Drive Manassas, VA -

EIN/Tax ID: 541502935
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Massachusetts Institute of Technolo
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139-
Contact: Michael P. Corcoran
Contact Phone: (617) 253-3906