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Enhanced Detect and Avoid Optical Sensing for Urban Air Mobility

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC22PA985
Agency Tracking Number: 222214
Amount: $149,967.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A2
Solicitation Number: SBIR_22_P1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-07-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-01-25
Small Business Information
260 East Main Street, Suite 6107
Rochester, NY 14604-0001
United States
DUNS: 079406404
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Andrew Kurtz
 (585) 388-7219
 Andy@circleoptics.com
Business Contact
 Ian Gauger
Title: iangauger
Phone: (315) 879-3034
Email: ian@circleoptics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

Circle Optics has developed and patented novel parallax-free, wide field of view (WFOV) multi-camera capture system technology that provides real time, stitch free, panoramic imaging. For this NASA Phase I SBIR project, Circle Optics proposes to develop new optical and mechanical designs for the purpose of satisfying NASA interests in improving air traffic safety. Under Focus Area 19, Integrated Flight Systems, Topic A2.02, Enabling Aircraft Autonomy, NASA and the FAA are seeking technologies to enable intelligent vehicle systems, including new software and hardware sensing and perception technologies. With the goal of enabling piloted vehicles augmented with autonomous capabilities to increase air safety, as well as autonomous unmanned air vehicles, NASA needs a next generation optical imaging and sensing system to address the gaps in situational awareness. In response, Circle Optics proposes to develop an EO/IR visor type sensing system that provides improved detect and avoid sensing in accord with the FAA DO-365B Detect and Avoid MOPS and thus help support NASArsquo;s goals for intelligent vehicle systems. Towards meeting these goals, Circle Optics would engage with both eVTOL and UAV companies, and companies developing detect and avoid hardware and software, to better understand the operational environment and the SWaP-C limitations that may impact such systems. Circle Optics mechanical design efforts will then include lens and system mounting, mechanical and thermal stability, electronic support, and the anticipated assembly fixtures and tools. Circle Optics would also advance the optical design, while focusing on SWaP-C requirements, manufacturability, and mechanical compatibility, to develop a nearly fabrication ready design.nbsp; As a result, Circle Optics imaging devices can move NASA closer to having the optical sensing capabilities to enable situational awareness and safety for future air vehicles, their drivers or passengers, and their airspace environments.nbsp;nbsp;

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