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Autonomous Vehicle Awareness Sensor

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
93094
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F083-194-0786
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.
44 Hunt Street Watertown, MA 02472-4699
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Autonomous Vehicle Awareness Sensor
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9453-09-M-0087
Award Amount: $99,999.00
 

Abstract:

Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc. (RMD) in collaboration with Munro Ranging, LLC will develop an active laser sensor for autonomous satellite awareness systems. The instrument will be based on two innovative technologies developed by Munro Ranging and RMD to allow accurate and timely situation awareness of the host vehicle. By coupling with RMDs avalanche photodiode (APD) arrays, the unit will be able to perform simultaneous ranging and tracking using a single transmitter-receiver pair. In addition, a novel ranging method will allow for more compact packaging and require less power than ordinary laser ranging systems. The information gathered by the sensor will then be used to calculate the target objects velocity vector relative to the host satellite and assess the hazard level. When integrated with the control systems of the satellite, autonomous operation will be realized. BENEFIT: There are a numerous applications that can benefit from the development of a low-cost, compact ranging and tracking sensors for autonomous vehicle operation. Some of these applications include, 3-D imaging, collision avoidance and warning for automobiles, adaptive cruise control, robotics, industrial sensing, surveying, camera autofocus, law enforcement, border security, sports (golf, archery, hunting, baseball, tennis, etc.) and smart weapons.

Principal Investigator:

Richard Myers, Ph.D.
Design Engineer
6176686800
stamm@mmadesign.biz

Business Contact:

Gerald Entine, Ph.D.
President, MMA Design LLC
6176686800
mwiens@mmadesign.biz
Small Business Information at Submission:

RADIATION MONITORING DEVICES, INC.
44 Hunt Street Watertown, MA 02472

EIN/Tax ID: 042546395
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No