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Integrated Motion Planning and Autonomous Control Technology for Autonomous ISR

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Program Year/Program:
2013 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Integrated Motion Planning and Autonomous Control Technology for Autonomous ISR
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX13CL46P
Award Amount: $125,000.00


SSCI and MIT propose to design, implement and test a comprehensive Integrated Mission Planning \ & Autonomous Control Technology (IMPACT) for Autonomous ISR missions employing collaborating Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). The main feature of the IMPACT system for Autonomous ISR is that it is based on robust real-time learning about dynamic and stochastic environments, and on a capability to autonomously react to contingencies while satisfying the mission objectives and the overall flight safety. The project will leverage a number of technologies recently developed by SSCI and MIT, and integrate various system modules within a flexible and user-friendly framework. In order to achieve the project objectives, the following tasks will be carried out: (i) Problem Statement & Test Scenario Selection jointly with NASA; (ii) Develop, Implement & Test Vehicle-level Subsystems; (iii) Develop, Implement & Test Mission-level Subsystems; and (iii) Carry out Integration & Initial Testing of the overall IMPACT System for an Autonomous ISR mission. Phase II of the project will be focused on the enhancements and full implementation of the IMPACT system, prototype system development, and demonstration of its features through hardware-in-the-loop simulations and flight tests at MIT.

Principal Investigator:

Jovan Boskovic
Sr Grp Lead - Auto Control Sys

Business Contact:

Michael McComas
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Scientific Systems Company, Inc.
500 West Cummings Park, Suite 3000 Woburn, MA 01801-6562

EIN/Tax ID: 043053085
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Mass Avenue, Bldg NE 18-901
Cambrdige, MA 02139-02139
Contact: Susan Kilmer