A HIGH ACCURACY ABSOLUTE NAVIGATIONAL SYSTEM FOR RAPID RUNWAY REPAIRERS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$379,901.00
Award Year:
1993
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
14900
Agency Tracking Number:
14900
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1919 Green Rd, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Charles J Jacobus Phd
Principal Investigator
(313) 668-2567
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
NAVIGATION OF FIELD MOBILE ROBOTIC SYSTEMS REQUIRES A MEANS FOR THE ROBOTIC SYSTEM TO DETERMINE ITS ABSOLUTE LOCATION. THE USUSAL MEANS IS TO USE A VEHICLE INTERTIAL GUIDANCE SYSTEM WHICH IS PERIODICALLY UPDATED BY A GPS OR LORAN C RECEIVER. UNFORTUNATELY, GPS AND LORAN CAN ONLY PROVIDE ABSOLUTE POSITIONAL ACCURACY TO WITHIN 5 METERS OR SO WHICH LIMITS THE COMBINED INS/GPS/LORAN SYSTEM TO ABOUT THE SAME. ALSO, GPS AND LORAN C CAN BE JAMMED OR INTERFERED WITH BY LARGE CONDUCTIVE STRUCTURES (LIKE AIRCRAFT, BUILDINGS, OR REINFORCING STRUCTURES). IN THIS EFFORT WE PROPOSE TO DEVELOP AN ALTERNATIVE NAVIGATIONAL METHOD WHICH USES A COMBINATION OF DOWN-LOOKING GROUND TRACKING AND VERY INFREQUENTLY MOUNTED TARGETS TO PROVIDE RF FREE HIGHLY ACCURATE MOBILE SYSTEMS LOCATION DETERMINATION CAPABILITY.

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