Onboard Planning System for UAVs in Support of Expeditionary Reconnaissance and Surveillance (OPS-USERS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-08-C-0707
Agency Tracking Number: N074-019-0155
Amount: $499,827.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-T019
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
AURORA FLIGHT SCIENCES CORP.
9950 Wakeman Drive, Manassas, VA, 20110
DUNS: 604717165
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Paduano
 Senior Autonomy Controls Engineer
 (617) 500-4807
 jpaduano@aurora.aero
Business Contact
 Diana Eichfeld
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (703) 396-6329
Email: deichfeld@aurora.aero
Research Institution
 MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLO
 Mike Corcoran
 77 Massachusetts Avenue
Building E19-750
Cambridge, MA, 2139
 (617) 253-3906
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Aurora Flight Sciences and the MIT Aero-Astro Department have been jointly developing the human interfaces and underlying automation for a planning system that enables a field operator to command a team of UAVs to perform operations consistent with expeditionary missions. During Phase II, these tools will be further developed and demonstrated as a comprehensive system including high-level collaboration with other expeditionary teams and high-level C2, mid-level highly automated team management, and low-level UAV tasking for ‘drill-down’ operations. The algorithms and software are embodied in a human interface and an ‘on board planning module’, which resides on each UAV in the team, enabling the team to perform coordinated multi-vehicle tasks. Phase II will culminate in a demonstration which utilizes MIT’s mobile command and control experimental testbed for performing human testing, as well as the RAVEN (Real-time indoor Autonomous Vehicle test Environment) facility.

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