ROBOpilot: Unmanned Aircraft Conversion System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-18-C-9222
Agency Tracking Number: F2-9302a
Amount: $1,499,306.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF162-D003
Solicitation Number: 2016.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-06-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-06-18
Small Business Information
8280 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax, VA, 22031
DUNS: 078504477
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Larry Reding
 (949) 313-6183
 lreding@dzynetech.com
Business Contact
 David Sammons
Phone: (703) 291-6663
Email: dsammons@dzynetech.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The ROBOpilot Unmanned Aircraft Conversion System is a modular system that rapidly converts existing manned aircraft into an autonomous unmanned aircraft without making permanent modifications to the host aircraft.ROBOpilot autonomously pilots an aircraft using the instruments and controls available to a human pilot.An onboard flight computer with autopilot will gather aircraft state data and make piloting decisions based on that information.Actuators directly manipulate the flight controls as would a human pilot while computer vision reads the aircraft instruments.The purpose of this effort is to mature the robotic pilot technology and architecture previously developed to produce a robotic pilot capable of physically testinga rapidly converted general aviation aircraft in an actual flight test environment.The ROBOpilot capability enables a host of defense and commercial missions, including cargo delivery, entry into hazardous environments, and ISR missions.

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