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Rapid Discovery of Evasive Satellite Behaviors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-18-C-0105
Agency Tracking Number: F17C-T02-0030
Amount: $145,958.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF17-CT02
Solicitation Number: 2017.0
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-04-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-04-25
Small Business Information
10440 Little Patuxent Parkway, suite 600
Columbia, MD 21044
United States
DUNS: 172216827
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Lorraine Weis
 (410) 715-0005
Business Contact
 Thomas Kubancik
Phone: (410) 715-0005
Research Institution
 Texas A&M University
P.O.Box 30013
College Station, TX 77843
United States

 (979) 458-0064
 Nonprofit College or University

This is a prototype system that will take raw observation data, detect and characterize maneuvers, and use reinforcement learning to understand and react to evasive RSO behaviors in near real time. This will provide a framework to evaluate autonomous behavior strategies, such a safety, effectiveness, and robustness to manipulation. This work will enable surveillance operators to distinguish between uncertainty in RSO statethe more directly measurable quantities, and uncertainty in underlying intent.The proposed system will also enable assessment beyond what behavior is occurring, and speak to why in an operational sense, and quantitatively show the uncertainty of such categorizations. Understanding how intent is reflected in behavior and state space will also allow the detection of any technological gaps, the unobservable behavior space region where an RSO could hide its behavior or intent. Framing the surveillance problem as a multiplayer game enables the use of Information Space Receding Horizon Control (ISRHC) to discover likely intent, as well as other reinforcement learning techniques, and allows for longer lookahead windows. This may allow for the identification of a variety of unexpected events, such as sudden break-ups, or aggressively evasive maneuvers.

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