Robust Autonomous Maneuvering of Unmanned Air Systems in Challenging Environmental/Weather Conditions for Safety, Mission Effectiveness, and Endurance

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,998.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-09-M-0307
Award Id:
90320
Agency Tracking Number:
N09A-025-0019
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
349 Spring Hill Dr., Canton, GA, 30115
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
829299747
Principal Investigator:
NicholasAlley
President
(404) 983-1002
nralley@areaiinc.com
Business Contact:
NicholasAlley
President
(404) 983-1002
nalley@areaiinc.com
Research Institute:
Pennsylvania State University
Jack Langelaan
Aerospace Engineering
229 Hammond Building
University Park, PA, 16802
(814) 865-2659
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Area-I, Incorporated, and Pennsylvania State University will combine an innovative real-time technique for estimating local airmass motion, a multi-objective guidance strategy, and a state-of-the-art adaptive control architecture to develop a Reactive Controller for Harvesting Gust Energy (RECHARGE). The RECHARGE system will utilize a compact yet capable suite of sensors and flight-proven computing hardware to enhance small UAV range, endurance, and survivability, even in extremely gusty conditions. Core features and capabilities of the RECHARGE system will include: 1) Real-time, on-board, local airmass motion estimation that is robust to changing gust characteristics and changing vehicle dynamics, 2) Waypoint following to enable intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) or other primary missions, 3) Optimal guidance for extracting energy from gusty environments to increase range and endurance, 4) Gust load alleviation for enhanced survivability in volatile atmospheric conditions, 5) Adaptive flight control that provides guaranteed Lyapunov stability, even with changes to vehicle dynamics or operations in highly uncertain environments, and 6) Ease of portability to different vehicle types and configurations.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

Agency Micro-sites


SBA logo

Department of Agriculture logo

Department of Commerce logo

Department of Defense logo

Department of Education logo

Department of Energy logo

Department of Health and Human Services logo

Department of Homeland Security logo

Department of Transportation logo

Enviromental Protection Agency logo

National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo

National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government