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Precision Landing Localization Technology for Autonomous eVTOL Aircraft in GPS-denied Environments

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-22-P-0797
Agency Tracking Number: FX20D-TCSO1-0257
Amount: $744,796.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AFX20D-TCSO1
Solicitation Number: X20.D
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-03-24
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-06-24
Small Business Information
3120 Scott Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95054-3326
United States
DUNS: 117508125
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Pablo Hopman
 (978) 549-9950
Business Contact
 Thomas Muniz
Phone: (619) 459-4235
Research Institution
 Brigham Young University
 Debbie Silversmith
Office of Research & Creative Activities Brigham Young University A-285 ASB
Provo, UT 84602
United States

 (801) 422-2970
 Nonprofit College or University

Landing electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) vehicles in urban environments autonomously will require high-accuracy and high-integrity localization capable of operating in GNSS-denied environments.  The solutions need to operate in a wide range of conditions and have low acquisition, deployment and maintenance costs. In Phase I of this effort we evaluated multiple precision navigation technologies and completed an initial feasibility assessment of a specific vision-based navigation approach.  Simulations of the approach show meter level localization accuracy during landing phase without reliance on GNSS. For Phase II, we propose to refine the vision-based navigation concept, develop a hardware prototype system and finally conduct flight tests with the prototype system on Archer's full-scale Maker eVTOL vehicle.   Position data collected during the flight tests will be validated against truth GNSS data and evaluated against use cases.  

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