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A Safe, Legal, and Autonomous See-and-Avoid System for UAVs

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2006 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Aerotonomy, Incorporated
591 Thornton Rd, Suite A LITHIA SPRINGS, GA 30122 1546
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: A Safe, Legal, and Autonomous See-and-Avoid System for UAVs
Agency: NASA
Contract: NND06AA32C
Award Amount: $69,691.00


Aerotonomy, Incorporated, and subcontractors Georgia Tech and the AAI Corporation will combine state-of-the-art adaptive UAV control, optimized sensor suites, innovative strategic and tactical maneuvering systems, and a wealth of experience in manufacturing and operating Tactical UAVs (including the Shadow 200) to create a practical and autonomous See-and-Avoid System (SAAS) for safe UAV operations within the National Airspace System (NAS) and outside of Special Use Airspace. The SAAS will enable UAVs to autonomously perform both strategic maneuvering to follow the same predictable "right-of-way rules" followed by manned aircraft, as well as tactical maneuvering to perform close quarter collision avoidance. The primary innovation in this project is the Strategic Maneuvering System (SMS), a rule-based "maneuver executive" that will enable a UAV to interact with manned aircraft or other UAVs in a manner that is predictable and consonant with NAS operating procedures.

Principal Investigator:

James C. Neidhoefer
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Chris S. Gibson
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Aerotonomy, Inc.
117 Herron Street Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742

EIN/Tax ID: 270110166
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No