Adaptation of Biological Solutions to MAVs in Gusty Urban Environments

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,980.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911QX-09-C-0043
Award Id:
91937
Agency Tracking Number:
A082-056-0255
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
9950 Wakeman Drive, Manassas, VA, 20110
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
604717165
Principal Investigator:
James Paduano
Senior Autonomy Controls & Est Eng
(617) 500-4807
jpaduano@aurora.aero
Business Contact:
Diana Eichfeld
Contracts Manager
(703) 396-6329
deichfeld@aurora.aero
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Aurora Flight Sciences proposes a comprehensive set of sensing, estimation, and control techniques to enable urban flight in the face of gusts and other disturbances. Biological entities utilize a number of sensory mechanisms to insure stable flight with respect to their surroundings and reject disturbances. Some of these mechanisms are suitable for adaptation into engineering systems that are simple, lightweight, and provide information about the vehicles surroundings (situation awareness) that is complementary to the baseline sensors available on MAVs (gyros, accelerometers, etc.) Aurora's R&D Center has already performed extensive research into these solutions and, with support from Harvard's Microrobotics Laboratory, will combine them into an architecture which is practical, lightweight, and effective at avoiding the many large and small obstacles encountered during aggressive urban flight, even in gusty situations.

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