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Navigation Solutions by Terrain Imaging

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
57632
Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
021MN-2940
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ATHENA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
3721 Macintosh Drive Vint Hill Tech Park Warrenton, VA 20187 0187
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Navigation Solutions by Terrain Imaging
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: F08630-02-C-0054
Award Amount: $99,931.00
 

Abstract:

"Athena Technologies, Incorporated (Athena) and Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute (CMU) propose to exploit use of visual odometry capabilities via real-time computer vision, to augment inertial sensors, 3D magnetometer and GPS to determine thevelocity, position and attitude of a missile or unmanned air vehicle. The proposed architecture exploits the excellent performance Athena has demonstrated to date with the GuideStar system, which provides a full navigation and attitude solution from a 16state nonlinear extended Kalman filter, using low grade MEMS technology inertial sensors. This proposal will explore augmenting of this navigation/attitude solution by incorporating CMU's visual odometry signals that are the processed output from digitalimaging of local terrain video. With this additional sensing modality, the navigation and attitude solution stands a good chance of improved performance under GPS outage conditions. Athena foresees a large potential market in the application ofvision-based flight control systems to both military unmanned and general aviation air vehicles. Vision-based FCS will enable autonomous obstacle managment for autonomous docking, perching and landing on runways in visible, IR or active SAR spectrum."

Principal Investigator:

Ben Motazed
VP, Technology
7033311068
motazed@hiflight.com

Business Contact:

Matthew Hutchison
VP, Operations
7033311068
hutch@hiflight.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Athena Technologies, Inc.
9950 Wakeman Drive Manassas, VA 20110

EIN/Tax ID: 541894449
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No