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Cooperative Planning and Control of Future Combat Systems Resupply Operations: …

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
62870
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A022-0359
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ALPHATECH, INC.
6 New England Executive Park Burlington, MA 01803
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Cooperative Planning and Control of Future Combat Systems Resupply Operations: A Component-Based Approach
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W15QKN-04-C-1022
Award Amount: $730,000.00
 

Abstract:

Army Future Combat Systems (FCS) programs are revolutionizing sustainment concepts to include new inventory management techniques and robotics-enhanced Materials-Handling Equipment (MHE). Building on our Phase I work, we propose to automate key aspects of emerging sustainment tactics, techniques, and procedures. Our approach employs a three-level, hierarchical, component-based software architecture. This architecture exploits recent advances in constraint-based planning and hierarchical control to decouple the interdependent problems of planning, scheduling, routing, and robotic control. The top level uses constraint-based planning techniques to develop rough-cut resupply plans that respect task priorities and meet deadlines. The middle level refines these plans into a global schedule for a group of coordinated assets such as a Forward Support Battalion. The bottom level manages the movement of individual vehicles. We will evaluate the system's generality and efficiency through Army-sponsored integration experiments using real hardware, including ARDEC's Smart Crane test bed. These experiments will apply our system to multi-vehicle resupply scenarios involving combinations of manually operated, semi-autonomous, and fully autonomous MHE, harmonized with FCS's evolving sustainment CONOPS.

Principal Investigator:

Joseph Mola
Lead Software Engineer
7812733388
joseph.mola@alphatech.com

Business Contact:

John Barry
Contracts Manager
7812733388
jbarry@alphatech.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ALPHATECH, INC.
6 New England Executive Park Burlington, MA 01803

EIN/Tax ID: 042654515
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No