Rapid Mission Planning Using Integrated Adaptive Guidance and Control

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-07-C-3707
Agency Tracking Number: F061-237-2771
Amount: $749,934.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-237
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
1410 Sachem Place, Suite 202, Charlottesville, VA, 22901
DUNS: 120839477
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Schierman
 Sr. Research Scientist
 (434) 973-1215
Business Contact
 Connie Hoover
Title: General Manager
Phone: (434) 973-1215
Email: barron@bainet.com
Research Institution
A prototype Rapid Mission Planning and Operations software tool is being developed in the Phase I ef-fort. It is proposed here to continue this effort, greatly maturing the software tool and establishing its benefits in a real-world, high-fidelity mission planning demonstration. We refer to this software tool as the Mission Planner. It will take advantage of technologies developed under the Air Force’s Integrated Adaptive Guidance and Control Program to quickly generate mission plans for launch vehicles. At the end of the Phase II program, the Mission Planner will be able to perform automatically many of the tasks currently performed manually requiring numerous engineers and their time and effort. This tool will be able to map out trajectories, generate achievable footprints, perform trade studies, and determine per-formance requirements and necessary vehicle characteristics to complete the mission. Our goal will be to develop a product that executes fast and has many autonomous features, allowing for substantially re-duced mission planning time and personnel needed. The maturation of the Mission Planner will involve a high fidelity model of Lockheed’s Hybrid Launch Vehicle concept. Lockheed will also build a launch vehicle simulation model that resembles the Air Force’s Fully Reusable Access to Space (FAST) concept.

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