An Autonomous Fixed-Wing UAV Shipboard Recovery System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-05-C-0053
Agency Tracking Number: N031-1094
Amount: $3,065,820.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N03-058
Solicitation Number: 2003.1
Solicitation Year: 2003
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2004-11-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2006-11-17
Small Business Information
4240 International Pkwy Ste. 100, Carrollton, TX, 75007
DUNS: 171834179
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Craig Askew
 Guidance & Control System
 (469) 568-2376
Business Contact
 David Duggan
Title: Vice President
Phone: (469) 568-2376
Research Institution
Among the many autonomous guidance and control challenges facing DoD and industry today is the safe, reliable shipboard recovery of fixed wing UAVs. Leveraging our autonomous landing research conducted for the Air Force Research Laboratory and NAVSEA, Geneva Aerospace proposes an autonomous shipboard recovery solution using a hybrid control system structure that combines trajectory synthesis guidance with line-of-sight rate guidance to provide precision control to recovery using an integrated GPS aided relative navigation solution. Employing the principals of terminal homing guidance, the design is ideally suited to facilitate recovery on a moving ship deck. The concept will take advantage of the precision positioning offered by the relative navigation solution and precision path regulation offered by the hybrid control system to enable recovery on very small deck platforms. We will demonstrate that the recent technology advances in miniaturized GPS receivers, micro-electromechanical sensors (MEMS), spread-spectrum communications transceivers, and single-board computers all combine to offer a small, light-weight, reliable and affordable hardware architecture to address the shipboard recovery problem. When integrated with the proposed guidance, navigation, and control software, this hardware architecture will provide an excellent integrated system solution with a very small logistics footprint.

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