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Risk-Based Unmanned Air System (UAS) Mission Path Planning Capability

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-17-C-0662
Agency Tracking Number: N17B-034-0035
Amount: $124,959.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N17B-T034
Solicitation Number: 2017.0
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-09-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-04-23
Small Business Information
2790 Skypark Drive, Suite 310
Torrance, CA 90505
United States
DUNS: 131277725
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 George M Lloyd
 Staff Scientist
 (310) 530-1008
Business Contact
 Jim Hudson
Phone: (310) 530-1008
Research Institution
 University of Southern California
 Roger Georges Ghanem
 (213) 740-9528
 Nonprofit College or University

In this Phase I Project ACTA and its partners will demonstrate the feasibility of developing a risk-based mission path planning (RB MPP) approach. Areas of interest to the Navy where a RB MPP address critical needs include enabling less restrictive UAS operations within the US National and Foreign Airspaces. The Phase I will demonstrate feasibility with a two-step approach. The first step will demonstrate the capability to compute quantitative mission-ready risk assessments (for personnel and property on the ground) for individual UAS paths, and to parameterize ensembles of these paths over plausible candidate routes which match geographic constraints. The second step will be to demonstrate multi-criteria optimization over the ensembles of candidate paths, in order to identify mission paths which minimize the objective function. Methods will be developed to visualize the trade space and priorities of this two-step optimization problem. Requirements for a comprehensive risk database will also be identified and an open architecture and interface specification will be developed.

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