Terminal Guidance for Autonomous Aerial Refueling

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68936-10-C-0112
Agency Tracking Number: N101-073-1148
Amount: $69,833.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N101-073
Solicitation Number: 2010.1
Small Business Information
Advanced Optical Systems, Inc.
6767 Old Madison Pike, Suite 410, Huntsville, AL, 35806
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Keith Farr
 Principal Scientist/PI
 (256) 971-0036
 farr@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 Proximity Operations Measurements System (POMS) for terminal guidance during Autonomous Aerial Refueling (AAR) provides relative position and attitude, all 6 Degrees of Freedom (DoF), in a manner similar to that sensed by a human pilot. POMS recognizes and locates features on the tanker and drogue with a sensor on the UAS and converts the relative location of those features into 6 DoF via an inverse perspective algorithm (IPA). In addition to allowing for hookup to the drogue, the extension from 3 DoF to 6 DoF improves formation flying by sensing tanker maneuvers.

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