MONARCHMarking-relative Optical Navigation for Autonomous Recovery and CHarging

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QY-19-P-0003
Agency Tracking Number: A181-076-0403
Amount: $99,938.50
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A18-076
Solicitation Number: 2018.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-01-31
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-07-31
Small Business Information
500 West Cummings Park, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 859244204
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Christopher Sconyers
 (781) 933-5355
 Christopher.Sconyers@ssci.com
Business Contact
 Lora Loyall
Phone: (781) 933-5355
Email: contracts@ssci.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Existing technical capabilities for enhanced situational awareness (SA), such as personnel carried small unmanned air systems (UAS), come with significant costs: 1) teleoperation takes at least one rifle out of the fight and trades increased, persistent long-range SA for decreased short-range SA and decreased mobility; 2) the ground infrastructure required to operate a UAS is often significantly larger than the vehicle and contributes to a lot of additional weight. Simultaneous operation of multiple UAS increases these costs disproportionately compared to the added benefit of more persistent or enhanced SA. To address these issues, Scientific Systems Company Inc. (SSCI) is proposing the MONARCH system, a soldier-carried ground platform with integrated SUAS on-board navigation and control software. The proposed MONARCH system brings two key innovations that will enable reliable autonomous recovery, recharging, and launch capabilities: a robust visual relative navigation and control system that reduces system SWaP by taking advantage of airborne sensing capabilities, and a modular ground station design for flexibility and storage efficiency. The MONARCH system is built on existing, mature technologies developed by SSCI for relative navigation and control, and is being developed by a team with significant experience in SUAS application hardware design, rotorcraft control, and vision systems.

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