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Unmanned Aerial System Redundant Navigation and Positioning

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8730-19-P-0036
Agency Tracking Number: F192-006-0342
Amount: $74,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF192-006
Solicitation Number: 19.2
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-07-24
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-12-24
Small Business Information
1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501
United States
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Volodymyr Romanov
 Principal Scientist, Cyber-Physical Systems
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Keith Baker
Phone: (424) 835-9475
Research Institution

To address the United States Air Force (USAF) need for Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) applications to resilient positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) for the mitigation of Global Positioning System (GPS) degradation, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new, alternative, affordable platform-agnostic UAS Redundant Navigation and Positioning (URNP) system for UASs all-weather, all-altitude, day/night GPS-accurate (circular error probability ~ 6 m) operating in GPS denied and/or degraded environment. URNP is based on a novel open system architecture and modular design that utilizes a blend of POC-developed navigation components and commercial off-the-shelf components. As a result, the gimbal-less URNP offers position estimates similar to those of existing precision navigation systems, while being compact, lightweight, and inexpensive. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of URNP through extensive computer modeling and simulation, as well as combinations of laboratory and field tests and demonstration of critical components. In Phase II, POC plans to continue development of the system, build a system-level prototype, perform extensive in-flight testing, and demonstrate its navigation precision as similar to that of GPS for the USAF.

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