Ground-Based Autonomous Robotic Inspection of General Aviation for Radiological Threats

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: 70RDND18C00000018
Agency Tracking Number: FY18.1-H-SB018.1-009-0008-I
Amount: $149,653.47
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB018.1-009
Solicitation Number: FY18.1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-09-24
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-03-23
Small Business Information
1215 Promontory Path, Marietta, GA, 30062-2985
DUNS: 081007052
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Rose
 Nuclear Scientist
 (410) 703-1009
Business Contact
 Anna Erickson
Title: Member
Phone: (503) 807-7111
Research Institution
The goal of this project is to develop a ground robotic system that performs automated radiological screening of general aviation aircraft.The robotic system will integrate a commercial off-the-shelf mobile platform, a manipulator arm, and radiation detectors with 3D vision sensors and path planning software to produce a highly-automated, robust solution for initial and secondary aircraft screening.The system will be designed such that, following identification of the target aircraft by an operator, the robot will traverse a path around the aircraft to determine its 3D shape using an onboard vision sensor.It will then plan an initial screening path for the base and manipulator arm, and execute the initial and secondary screening paths as needed to identify, localize, and characterize any radiation anomalies. The project is divided into three phases.Phase 1 will focus on development of a conceptual design, including creation of performance goals, selection of COTS components, creation of an integrated CAD design, and production of simulation results illustrating system performance.Phase 2 will focus on creation and demonstration of a prototype system, to include testing on one or more general aviation aircraft in a realistic environment.Phase 3 will focus on product development for other applications of interest to commercial entities and/or DHS.It is envisioned that commercialization opportunities for this system exist for a variety of applications such as nuclear security, nuclear safety, decontamination work, routing surveys of nuclear facilities, and screenings at any facilities with a concern about radiological threats.

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