Intelligent Electronic Speed Controller

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC18C0027
Agency Tracking Number: 175472
Amount: $746,352.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A1
Solicitation Number: SBIR_17_P2
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-05-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-05-29
Small Business Information
1275 Stewartstown Road, Suite 200, Morgantown, WV, 26505-0000
DUNS: 079140632
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Eric Sorton
 (304) 685-9436
Business Contact
 Bradley DeRoos
Phone: (443) 604-0256
Research Institution

This project will result in the commercialization of an Intelligent Electronic Speed Controller (IESC) for use on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The IESC will advance the state-of-the-art of health-state awareness. This will be achieved through the integration of propulsion system health monitoring sensors that - in unison with an Intelligent Rule Set - will be able to monitor system and component performance trends and predict propulsion system faults. The system is designed to provide the analytic capability necessary to predict propulsion system degradation, maintenance or repair needs. An Artificial Neural Network (ANN) will be trained on data from IESC sensors from nominal flights and those with known faults leading to failure. After training, an initial Intelligent Rule Set will be extracted to represent the knowledge of the ANN and used in the system to predict failures. This set of rules will be periodically updated as more flight data is collected.

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