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A Small Image-aided Navigation And Path-planning System (SINAPS) for UAVs

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
81345
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A072-001-1885
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
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 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: A Small Image-aided Navigation And Path-planning System (SINAPS) for UAVs
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911W6-08-C-0047
Award Amount: $729,982.00
 

Abstract:

The proposing team will continue the development, testing, and productization of a Small, Image-aided Navigation and Autonomous Path-planning System (SINAPS) for UAVs. The SINAPS utilizes a capable suite of sensors together with state-of-the-art computing to enable real-time autonomous sensing and maneuvering at high speeds even in obstacle-rich environments. Due to the limitations and power requirements of modern computational hardware and sensors, the UAV goals of smallness and high-level autonomy (usually associated with higher algorithmic complexity and computational cost) are directly at odds with each other. Current small UAVs often shed weight through the use of limited sensors and rudimentary algorithms, while high-level autonomy usually comes packaged in a UAV that is by no means "small". Our project is uniquely situated to tackle this "highly autonomous small UAV" challenge through the innovative combination of high-performance, compact hardware and efficient, advanced algorithms. While the SINAPS is compatible with most small UAVs capable of carrying it, the Phase II of this project will see it integrated and flown in three UAV testbeds including both fixed and rotary wing Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAVs).

Principal Investigator:

James Neidhoefer
CEO
6783981135
jneidhoefer@aerotonomy.com

Business Contact:

James Neidhoefer
CEO
6783981135
jneidhoefer@aerotonomy.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

AEROTONOMY, INC.
591 Thornton Rd, Suite A Lithia Springs, GA, GA 30122

EIN/Tax ID: 270110166
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No