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System Optimization for Backup VTUAV Shipboard Landing

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Department of Defense
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2012 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
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 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: System Optimization for Backup VTUAV Shipboard Landing
Agency: DOD
Contract: N68335-12-C-0067
Award Amount: $79,951.00


Aurora Flight Sciences, working with Optical Air Data Systems (OADS), proposes to develop a retrofit system to perform the functions of the current Fire Scout / UCARS landing system while eliminating or minimizing dedicated communication links and/or specialized equipment on the ship deck. Technologies to be utilized are proprietary OADS methods (Landsafe), camera-based ship-deck position and attitude estimation, or a fused combination of these . By eliminating the use of an active on-deck system, and by placing the measurements and computations on board the VTUAV, a completely disparate system from the current"deck-centric"system will be created. The backup recovery system will be evaluated against landing dispersion requirements for a range of conditions. Additional performance enhancements will be considered, if they are necessary to meet dispersion requirements in elevated sea states and/or poor visibility conditions.

Principal Investigator:

James Paduano
Senior Autonomy Controls
(617) 500-4807

Business Contact:

Scott Hart
Financial Analyst
(617) 500-4892
Small Business Information at Submission:

Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
9950 Wakeman Drive Manassas, VA -

EIN/Tax ID: 541502935
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No