Airworthy Cable Angle Measurement System For Slung Load Operations

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911W6-10-C-0068
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4196
Amount: $1,733,590.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-013
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
Advanced Optical Systems, Inc
6767 Old Madison Pike, Suite 410, Huntsville, AL, -
DUNS: 363526914
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stephen Granade
 Principal Investigator/Se
 (256) 971-0036
 granade@aos-inc.com
Business Contact
 Kristina Parmenter
Title: Business Manager
Phone: (256) 971-0036
Email: contracts@aos-inc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Advanced Optical Systems, Inc. (AOS) has developed and demonstrated the Cable Angle Measurement System, a low-cost, accurate system for measuring a helicopter’s load position and motion at the end of an external sling. By using a camera, an LED target, and custom electronics, the AOS system measures the load’s angle with better than 0.1° accuracy across a 150° field of view and with 0.1°/sec angle rate accuracy. AOS’s highly-successful Phase I produced a working lab prototype that met or exceeded the customer’s field of view, accuracy, and angle rate accuracy requirements. During Phase II we will install a prototype on a Blackhawk helicopter capable of providing cable angle and angle rate data at 50 Hz with very low and deterministic latency. Our Phase II cable angle measurement system allows direct slung load stabilization by providing feedback to a human pilot, flight computer, or dedicated automatic load stabilization system.

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