RA-1 Multi-mode Collision Avoidance Technology for UAVs

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Amount:
$749,351.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-05-C-1813
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-225-1058
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF04-225
Solicitation Number:
2004.1
Small Business Information
DEFENSE RESEARCH ASSOCIATES, INC.
3915 Germany Lane, Suite 102, Beavercreek, OH, 45431
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
044329761
Principal Investigator
 James Utt
 Principal Investigator
 (937) 431-1644
 jutt@dramail.com
Business Contact
 Ray Trimmer
Title: Executive Vice President
Phone: (937) 431-1644
Email: rtrimmer@dramail.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The MMCAS program leverages off of extensive Government investment in research to provide autonomous UAV operations in the NAS. The focus of the program is to develop a prototype situation awareness system (MMCAS) for installation on UAVs that integrates the situation awareness information provided by TCAS with detection and tracking information on non-cooperative intruders to avoid a mid-air collision. Non-cooperative intruders are detected and tracked by a relatively low cost, light weight, optical Detect and Avoid (DAA) system that has been developed and matured under other research programs. The TCAS is already approved for installation on Global Hawk and demonstrations of DAA on surrogate UAV aircraft have verified that the DAA technology meets Global Hawk and Predator requirements. This program upgrades the existing UAV collision avoidance capability, which now only supports cooperative aircraft operations, to include all aircraft in close proximity. The innovative work to be accomplished on the program is to design the fusion software and user interface needed to implement the integration of the two systems. The fusion software can reside in either the existing onboard TCAS interface computer or on a separate microprocessor added for this purpose, depending on the specific UAV system requirements

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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