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Small Non-Cooperative Collision Avoidance Systems Suited to Small Tactical Unmanned Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-17-C-0522
Agency Tracking Number: N151-026-0360
Amount: $1,449,309.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N151-026
Solicitation Number: 15.1
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-07-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-01-14
Small Business Information
6300 Gateway Dr.
Cypress, CA 90630
United States
DUNS: 614108918
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jay Cleckler
 Principal Investigator
 (714) 224-4410
Business Contact
 Ruth Craig
Phone: (714) 224-4410
Research Institution

SARA’s Passive Acoustic Non-cooperative Aircraft Motion Analyzer, PANAMA, is a high-performance, low SWaP collision avoidance system. SARA has over 15 years of experience designing acoustic sense and avoid systems for UAS. Our hardware has been extensively flight tested on Group 1 and 2 UAS in relevant environments. These systems can detect intruding aircraft from sufficient ranges and provide suggested maneuvers to UAS pilots with adequate warning time. We have recently identified a novel set of algorithms which allow us to not only detect aircraft but also to track their position using our existing UAS mounted microphone array. The tracking capability provided allows for more advanced collision prediction and enables advanced definitions of ‘well clear.’ We plan to rapidly mature our new tracking algorithms, quickly bringing PANAMA to a high TRL in the Phase I and II SBIR programs. PANAMA is an all-weather system, which outperforms electro-optic solutions, and is superior to radar in size, weight, power and cost. PANAMA will enable Navy UAS operations, and strengthen the safety case for UAS operation in the national airspace system.

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