Terminal Guidance for Autonomous Aerial Refueling

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,833.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68936-10-C-0112
Agency Tracking Number:
N101-073-1148
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 10-073
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Advanced Optical Systems, Inc.
6767 Old Madison Pike, Suite 410, Huntsville, AL, 35806
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Keith Farr
Principal Scientist/PI
(256) 971-0036
farr@aos-inc.com
Business Contact:
Kristina Parmenter
Business Manager
(256) 971-0036
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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