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Autonomous Multi-Robot Exploration using UWB

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
110238
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
T8.01
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
TDC Acquisition Holdings, Inc.
4955 Corporate Drive, Suite 101 Huntsville, AL 35805-6208
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Autonomous Multi-Robot Exploration using UWB
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX12CG29P
Award Amount: $124,914.00
 

Abstract:

Single multi-sensor teleoperated systems are not optimal for NASA exploratory missions because they limit the coverage area and scope of exploration and create a single point for mission failure. A better solution would use many robots cooperating to maximize exploration area and location accuracy while minimizing total system power and weight. The goal of this research is to investigate pulsed-RF Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology for its ability to simultaneously provide enhanced ad hoc wireless communication, distributed precision navigation/localization, and radar sensing. The ultimate goal is development of a subsumed navigation layer providing a straightforward mechanism for distributed autonomous guidance algorithms to quickly detect, share, and adapt to changes in the environment using novel distributed navigation controls.Pulsed-RF UWB supports simultaneous communications, peer-to-peer precision ranging, and multi-static radar. Using this single basis technology will enable more and smaller exploratory agents. Using UWB would solve communication and localization issues, while providing the added benefit of radar sensing and imaging. Larger spatial areas would be more accurately explored with lower power/weight/volume and with much greater system redundancy.

Principal Investigator:

Brandon Dewberry
Principal Investigator
2569908995
brandon.dewberry@timedomain.com

Business Contact:

Anthony G. Buszka
CFO
2567590486
tony.buszka@timedomain.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

TDC Acquisition Holdings, Inc.
4955 Corporate Drive, Suite 101 Huntsville, AL 35805-6208

EIN/Tax ID: 272695935
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Alabama Huntsville
301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35805-1911
Contact: Barbara Curza