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Passive Acoustic Cued Electro-Optical (ACE-O) Detect and Avoid For sUAS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-21-C-0503
Agency Tracking Number: N21A-T003-0078
Amount: $239,892.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N21A-T003
Solicitation Number: 21.A
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-06-23
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-09-05
Small Business Information
6300 Gateway Dr.
Cypress, CA 90630-4844
United States
DUNS: 614108918
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ben Thien
 (714) 224-4410
Business Contact
 Ruth Craig
Phone: (714) 224-4410
Research Institution
 Illinois Institute of Technology
 Andrew Oak
11100 Johns Hopkins Road
Laurel, MD 20723-6099
United States

 (240) 228-6351
 Nonprofit College or University

Detecting and Avoiding (DAA) manned aircraft from small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) remains the unsolved problem for safe integration of sUAS into civil airspaces where Navy UAS must pay Due Regard to the laws of civil aviation. The difficulties are manifold. The solution requires both ultra-low SWaP sensors that track aircraft over long ranges, providing 360o field-of-regard (FOR), and often through difficult visibility conditions with potential for limited line-of-sight. Detect and Avoid is a system concept, depending on maneuver capability of the UAS to avoid collisions and navigation solutions for reliable evasion. SARA is teaming with the ACAS sXu team at John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory to combine ACAS sXu decision support and avoidance navigation support with fused data from SARA’s proven acoustic DAA sensor and a cued EO sensor. The result will be a complete and multi-modal DAA system requiring low SWaP. The result will be an advanced DAA system providing a Due Regard capability for the Navy. Solution to the challenge of DAA will unlock the commercial ‘drone economy’ by enabling safe Beyond Visual Line of Site (BVLOS) operations and autonomy as is necessary for drone services businesses in agriculture, linear inspection and package delivery.

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