UAV Survivability Enhancement via Agile Maneuvering in Dynamic Environments

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-05-C-R102
Agency Tracking Number: 04SB3-0300
Amount: $98,986.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: SB043-048
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Small Business Information
CENTEYE, INC.
6 Logan Circle NW, Suite 5, Washington, DC, 20005
DUNS: 111048521
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Geoffrey Barrows
 President
 (202) 238-9545
 geof@centeye.com
Business Contact
 Geoffrey Barrows
Title: President
Phone: (202) 238-9545
Email: geof@centeye.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
A significant challenge in the field of uninhabited air vehicles (UAVs), particularly micro air vehicles (MAVs), is that of navigating through a complex environment such as deep in the urban canyon or underneath a forest canopy. Such environments are filled with a variety of hazards, ranging from large buildings and trees to thin cables and potentially other threatening airborne objects. We propose an active perception system capable of sensing and avoiding the most difficult of these hazards. This system makes use of an optic flow microsensors, an "active perception unit" that interprets optic flow patterns to detect hazards, MEMS gyros, and a "control unit" that guides a UAV through trajectories creating useful optic flow patterns for perception. This system is intended to be used on fixed-wing micro air vehicles.

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