Abstract:This effort proposes to develop a toolset to evaluate the effectiveness of a safety-controller that monitors a learning-based autonomous control system. The traditional use of deterministic verification techniques for real-time monitoring is not feasible in the presence of uncertainty. This effort… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: Aurora will demonstrate on our automated fiber placement (AFP) machine that we are able to lay up composite panels that contain sacrificial fibers that can be thermally decomposed to create a microvascular network of small cavities that allow the panel to act as a heat exchanger. The AFP… more
Abstract:During the Phase I program, Aurora conducted a comprehensive survey of potential platforms that included government owned and furnished UAVs and manned aircraft as well as Aurora’s Centaur Optionally Piloted Aircraft (OPA). The survey concluded, in part, that UAVs offer a significant improvement… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: Aurora Flight Sciences, in collaboration with Worcester Polytechnic Institute, proposes the development of the Real-Time Safety-Assured Autonomous Aircraft (RTS3A) system. The system dynamically performs decision-making based on both sensed and predictive information to carry out adaptive… more
Abstract:Traditional hydraulic actuation and control surface layout both limit span wise control of lift distribution, and require large volume within wing cross-section, ultimately reducing efficiency. Mounting and support structures for traditional actuators, also necessitate drag-inducing protrusions in… more
Abstract:New measurement technologies are required to support science campaigns to better quantify rapid changes in the Earth atmosphere system. A key factor in this heightened focus on risk and uncertainty is the growing recognition that the climate is changing far more rapidly than was thought just five… more
Abstract:New measurement technologies are required to support science campaigns to better quantify rapid loss of permanent floating ice volume in the Arctic Ocean, accelerating loss of the Greenland glacial system, recurring drought conditions in the U. S. continental interior, and increasing frequency and… more
Abstract:Aurora Flight Sciences and partner, Draper Laboratory, propose to develop an on-orbit immuno-based label-free Suspension Cell Culture ANalysis tool, SCAN tool, which utilizes antibody-antigen surface binding as its core sensor technology. Our proposed SCAN tool is designed to provide an on-orbit… more
Abstract:During Phase I, Aurora Flight Sciences and the University of Massachusetts Lowell propose to demonstrate the feasibility of enhancing a commercially available out-of-autoclave (OOA) carbon prepreg material system (e.g. IM7/5320) via embedded structural health monitoring (SHM) and self-healing… more
Abstract:As part of the FAA's plans for modernization of the Air Traffic Control (ATC) system, Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) will be the basis of the future surveillance system in the US, supplemented by the current Radar system. With significantly more frequent updates and higher… more
Abstract:Aurora Flight Sciences and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) propose to develop a stand-alone 6-DOF load sensing system that collects biomechanical force and moment data while integrated with the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) on the International Space Station by adapting… more
Abstract:Aurora proposes to transition UMD methods for insect-inspired, lightweight vision- and optical sensor-based navigation methods for a combined air-ground system that leverages the unique capabilities of airborne systems to achieve a progressively refined map of the exploration region which can be… more
Abstract:AVID will develop software to perform interactive conceptual design integration to enable improved estimates of performance, including weight and balance associated with early definition of subsystems layout and integration. The software will leverage AVID"s expertise in geometric modeling for… more
Abstract:Autonomous and remotely operated maintenance of complex Navy ship tanks represents a significant challenge in robotics. To solve this problem, AVID LLC is teaming with Carnegie Mellon and Virginia Tech to address this challenge using an air-ground team of robots. AVID"s small 8"EDF-8… more
Abstract:AVID LLC will develop a retrofit kit for standard 81 mm mortar munitions using Shape Memory Alloys (SMA) to increase range more than 100% and add precision GPS targeting. SMA materials provide large actuation forces and require minimal packaging volume, thereby allowing more volume for internal… more
Abstract:Azure Summit Technology, Inc. (Azure) will use the acquisition processor to process a wideband stream of RF spectrum. A"virtual tuner"will process this stream to provide applications with baseband data at desired bandwidths, center frequencies, and time intervals. The wideband stream will… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: Azure Summit proposes to leverage ongoing work with DARPA, AFRL, and the Navy to survey potential signals that can be used to harvest precise time, quantify the performance and expectation of trust that can be established, and architect a system solution to create this capability and… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: Azure Summit will develop concepts and architectures associated with a flexible, low-cost PNT satellite that improves GPS performance in challenged environments and provides additional space-based functionality. BENEFIT: Improved GPS performance in challenged environments and… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: In order to support changes in requirements for military and civilian GPS and other PNT systems, there is a need to update the signals transmitted from the space segment. In addition to this SBIR topic, the Air Force has also released a Broad Area Announcement seeking sources with… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: Azure Summit proposes to leverage ongoing work with DARPA and AFRL Kirtland using CubeSat constellations to mitigate intense SATCOM uplink jamming, and provide an interim asymmetric augmentation that effectively restores that link. This is the Theia concept. CubeSats can be rapidly… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: Azure Summit Technology,Inc. (Azure) will develop OmniNAV, a modular, open-architecture navigation receiver that derives PNT solutions from a wide variety of signals and sensors. Unlike today"s military GPS receivers, OmniNAV software and firmware is field upgradable to deliver… more
Abstract:In this Phase II SBIR research, Azure Summit will leverage substantial prior work and experience in small Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) software defined radio and radar to create an important capability for a Sense and Avoid (SAA) radar for multiple platforms, including Triton and Fire Scout. Azure… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: A cyber-physical system (CPS) is a system that features a tight combination of, and coordination between, the system"s computational and physical elements. Today, a pre-cursor generation of cyber-physical systems can be found in areas as diverse as emerging and future combat systems,… more
Abstract:Barron Associates has assembled a team of researchers that include Dr. Sayan Mitra of the University of Illinois and Dr. Ufuk Topcu of the University of Pennsylvania. They will spearhead three complimentary investigations into the development of verification and validation (V & V) approaches… more
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