Avionics for Scaled Remotely Operated Vehicles

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$98,662.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX08CC51P
Award Id:
88096
Agency Tracking Number:
074091
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
46591 Expedition Drive, Suite 300, Lexington Park, MD, 20653
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
619354488
Principal Investigator:
IanGallimore
Principal Investigator
(301) 880-3341
Ian.Gallimore@goCTSi.com
Business Contact:
TomSanders
Managing Director
(301) 880-3341
Tom.Sanders@goCTSi.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The use of UAVs has increased exponentially since 1995, and this growth is expected to continue. Many of these applications require extensive Research and Development; however, the need to fund development of the UAV often competes with funding intended for the end-user application. Therefore, off the shelf, low cost, easily configurable integrated avionics systems will significantly reduce the budget impact for UAVs yet will support the wide range of applications for their use. CTSi and Virginia Commonwealth University are proposing the use of an integrated VCU developed avionics package with a user configurable autopilot system that will meet the needs of a wide range of experimental test bed UAVs. The system will include: 1. The ability for the safety pilot to take direct control of the aircraft using an on-board fail-safe control switch 2. A built-in autopilot to provide return-to-home capability upon failure of the RF links, safety/ground pilot assistance in performing research maneuvers, and limited upset recovery 3. An open-architecture hardware design enabling customer upgrade of sensors, actuators, and data links 4. An open-architecture software design enabling push-button auto-coding of control algorithms direct from Simulink 5. A flexible architecture allowing customer-developed control laws to be executed on ground-based computers via uplink and downlink telemetry or onboard the aircraft using an optional Advanced Adaptive Flight Control Processor.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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