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OASES: Open Autonomy/Safety Enhancement System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-21-P-0062
Agency Tracking Number: FX20D-TCSO1-0281
Amount: $149,967.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AFX20D-TCSO1
Solicitation Number: X20.D
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-12-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-06-16
Small Business Information
500 West Cummings Park Suite 3000
Woburn, MA 01801-1111
United States
DUNS: 859244204
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Griffin Francis
 (781) 933-5355
Business Contact
 Lora Loyall
Phone: (781) 933-5355
Research Institution
 Brigham Young University
 Randal Beard
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Provo, UT 84602-2300
United States

 (801) 422-8392
 Nonprofit college or university

Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL), Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), and Agility Prime operations will require advanced autonomy and perception capabilities to ensure reduced operator workload and operating costs, and enable future unmanned operations. In fact, in many instances, the move towards unmanned operations is key to the business case for longer term eVTOL commercial operations. Before these Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) are able to carry out missions in civilian environments they will need to demonstrate safe and reliable take-off, navigation, collision avoidance, and landing capabilities. Over the past few years, Scientific Systems Company, Inc. (SSCI) has been developing a system to address very similar challenges for the Navy’s MQ-8 Fire Scout VTOL UAS. Over the course of this STTR effort, SSCI will partner with Brigham Young University (BYU), to build on existing autonomy and perception capabilities to develop OASES (Open Autonomy/Safety Enhancement System), an integrated safety package that can be customized and installed on any DoD or commercial UAS to support safe and reliable autonomous missions. During the STTR Phase I period, SSCI and BYU will build on existing capabilities for collision threat detection and obstacle avoidance to design a multi-faceted OASES sense-and-avoid strategy for the disparate flight conditions that are expected to be encountered in AAM operations due to the versatility of modern (e)VTOL aircraft.  In the Phase II effort, the team will adapt SSCI’s existing INAV-SL ship-board recovery technology to develop the OASES precision landing component. SSCI and BYU expect to partner with commercial UAS vendors to perform a preliminary demonstration of the OASES collision avoidance and landing capabilities in Phase II. In Phase III, SSCI and BYU will work with commercial UAS/eVTOL vendors to develop versions of the OASES integrated safety package that can be integrated with their platforms. SSCI anticipates adding GPS-denied navigation capabilities, based on SSCI’s ImageNav technology, to the OASES integrated safety package in Phase III.

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