An Autonomous UAS Detect, Sense, and Avoid System (AU-DSA)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$727,239.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-10-C-0157
Agency Tracking Number:
N081-079-1477
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
N08-079
Solicitation Number:
2008.1
Small Business Information
Aerotonomy, Incorporated
591 Thornton Rd, Suite A, Lithia Springs, GA, GA, 30122
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
170566918
Principal Investigator:
JAMES NEIDHOEFER
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
(678) 398-1135
jneidhoefer@aerotonomy.com
Business Contact:
Hilary Beeston
OFFICER
(678) 398-1135
hbeeston@aerotonomy.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The proposing team will continue the development and testing of the Autonomous UAS Detect, Sense, and Avoid (AU-DSA) system for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Key capabilities of the AU-DSA that set it apart from other autonomous collision avoidance systems include: 1) Autonomously complying with federally mandated operating procedures, 2) Operating as efficiently in multiple-aircraft scenarios as in two-aircraft scenarios, 3) Executing maneuvers that result in minimum disturbance to the overall airspace, and 4) Generating autonomous yet highly deterministic aircraft behaviors. In addition, the AU-DSA design incorporates a compact, flexible, state-of-the-art avionics system and an intuitive interface for communications with operators, ATC, and other pilots, in order to provide the complete range of functionalities needed for a UAS to operate safely and autonomously in the NAS. The main goal of this work is to develop and demonstrate the systems necessary to equip small UAVs with a collision avoidance system capable of autonomously complying with federally mandated regulations. While the Phase I focused on the design and initial implementation and testing of the AU-DSA system, the Phase II focuses on issues that must be addressed prior to AU-DSA certification.

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