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Robust moving target handoff in GPS-denied environments

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-15-M-1941
Agency Tracking Number: F15A-T34-0225
Amount: $149,971.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF15-AT34
Solicitation Number: 2015.1
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-05-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-02-22
Small Business Information
11150 W. Olympic Blvd. Suite 1020
Los Angeles, CA 90064
United States
DUNS: 112136572
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 He Bai
 Senior Research Scientist
 (310) 473-1500
Business Contact
 Joseph Yadegar
Phone: (310) 473-1500
Research Institution
 Brigham Young University
 Randal Beard
One University Hill
Provo, UT 84602-2400
United States

 (801) 422-8392
 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

ABSTRACT: Over the past decade, there has been a sustained interest in Global Positioning System (GPS) denied navigation technologies for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). This has been primarily due to the well accepted susceptibility of GPS signals to intentional jamming or unintentional interference and blockage. One of the challenging problems in GPS-denied navigation is handing off moving targets of interest between multiple UAS without the aid of GPS. Two problems must be solved to enable hand-off in denied environments, namely, estimation of relative pose and proper handoff between UAS. In this Phase I effort, we will develop a robust multi-phase handoff approach and examine its feasibility of handing off a moving target between UAS in GPS-denied environments. We will conduct Monte-Carlo simulations to evaluate the handoff algorithms and characterize how the estimation error of relative pose will affect handing-off performance.; BENEFIT: UCs proposed product offering will enable target handoff between multiple UAS in GPS denied environments. Therefore, it will offer a substantial ROI to users of small UAVs as it will maximize the utility of expensive and leveraged hardware investments by increasing actionable ISR derived from existent systems and expanding mission capabilities and operational environments even where GPS is not available. UCs proposed technologies will also enable more automated and efficient operations of multiple UAVs, decreasing operator loads. This will be of substantial use as pilots are currently overworked and in limited supply.

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