Adaptation of Biological Solutions to MAVs in Gusty Urban Environments

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QX-09-C-0043
Agency Tracking Number: A082-056-0255
Amount: $69,980.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solitcitation Year: 2008
Solitcitation Topic Code: A08-056
Solitcitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
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 & Est Eng
 (617) 500-4807
 jpaduano@aurora.aero
Business Contact
 Diana Eichfeld
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (703) 396-6329
Email: deichfeld@aurora.aero
Research Institution
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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