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Pseudospectral Optimal Control for Flight Trajectory Optimization

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68936-17-C-0011
Agency Tracking Number: N15A-006-0179
Amount: $749,944.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N15A-T006
Solicitation Number: 2015.0
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-01-05
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-01-04
Small Business Information
13766 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250
United States
DUNS: 028281020
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Peter M Thompson
 Chief Scientist
 (310) 679-2281
Business Contact
 Sanjeev Weerasuriya
Phone: (310) 679-2281
Research Institution
 University of Florida
 Irina Olsen
 (352) 392-2942
 Nonprofit College or University

The pseudospectral optimal control (PSOC) problem is used for rapid trajectory optimization and provides the ability to re-optimize during flight. This technology was implemented on a Navy-relevant mission, and pseudo-real-time operation was demonstrated. The technical readiness level at the end of the Phase I program is a concept that has been shown to be feasible using analysis and simulation. The proposed Phase II program will demonstrate the operation of the optimal guidance methodology using real-time, multi-processor technology in a laboratory setting. The Phase II program will further improve the PSOC algorithm by exploring a trade space identified during the feasibility study. An actual real time demonstration will be developed and conducted using multiple processors that separately implement the vehicle simulation, vehicle flight control, and guidance using trajectory optimization. The methodology will be demonstrated on a larger set of trajectories, including trajectories with fixed targets and moving targets. Performance objectives will be selected based on Navy-relevant systems and missions. The Phase II Option will include demonstration problems that use PSOC for missions with multiple objectives and to include response to countermeasures.

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