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Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-16-C-1765
Agency Tracking Number: F15A-T34-0225
Amount: $749,994.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF15-AT34
Solicitation Number: 2015.0
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-07-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-04-29
Small Business Information
11150 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
United States
DUNS: 112136572
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dr Riten Gupta
 (310) 473-1500
Business Contact
 Dr Joseph Yadegar
Phone: (310) 473-1500
Research Institution
 Brigham Young University
 Randal Beard
One University Hill
Provo, UT 84602
United States

 (801) 422-8392
 Nonprofit College or University

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are increasingly seen as a cornerstone in developing the future Defense infrastructure and it is critical that they collaborate efficiently and execute complex missions in denied environments. Although great progress has been made in GPS-denied navigation, the target handoff problem in GPS-denied environments has not been extensively studied. In this problem, a tracking UAS is tracking a ground target in a GPS-denied environment and a handoff UAS needs to acquire the same target in its sensor without using any GPS signals. In Phase I, we focused our efforts on developing a multi-sensor approach to the handoff problem, where different sensors are used to enable relative pose estimation between the two UAS. We successfully demonstrated the feasibility of the relative pose estimation using different sensors in a simulated environment. We also conducted preliminary experiments that validated the proposed sensor technologies.In the Phase II, we will focus our efforts on maturing the proposed sensor technologies and algorithms and validating them in simulations and using collected flight test data. In addition, we will perform system integration and prepare for flight tests and demonstrations in collaboration with AFRL.

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