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Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-22-C-0064
Agency Tracking Number: D2-2651
Amount: $1,776,994.26
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: ST18C-006
Solicitation Number: 18.C
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-09-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-12-16
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
 Avinash Gandhe
 (781) 933-5355
Business Contact
 Lora Loyall
Phone: (781) 933-5355
Research Institution

In this effort, SSCI and its sub-contractor SAFRAN Optics 1 will develop OASES-Mini, a low-cost, low-SWAP visual perception and processing capability to enable safe launch and recovery, collision avoidance, and mission autonomy for small Group 3 UAS platforms. The goal is to develop these capabilities through the design and development of new sensors and innovative methods to process sensor data resulting in a hardware package with a threshold weight of less than 10lbs and objective weight of less than 5 pounds. This represents a significant reduction of hardware currently used to provide these capabilities today. The system must provide this SWAP reduction while providing anytime-anywhere landing and take-off capability for UAS to support distributed operations over land and sea, and meet the requirements for the department of defense (DoD) Due Regard detection and collision avoidance. This proposed SBIR effort will build on the Phase I work in developing a vision-based GNC system for station-keeping (SPRINT), and previous SSCI efforts in visual relative navigation and collision threat detection, to develop the OASES-mini system. The proposed Base effort will mitigate the significant technical risks associated with showing the feasibility of a low- Size, Weight and Power (SWAP) system that can meet both the payload constraints and performance requirements of UAS platforms of interest, consider the ability of the OASES-mini visual technologies to work in conjunction with complementary measurement sources and provide a preliminary system design for such a system. In addition, Option tasking has been proposed to complete the development of a Rugged Prototype OASES-Mini system and include additional capabilities such as non-GPS navigation and collaborative autonomy behaviors. 

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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