Bio-Inspired Sensing and Control for Improved Micro Air Vehicle Agility

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,822.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9550-09-C-0035
Agency Tracking Number:
F08A-008-0138
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF08-T008
Solicitation Number:
2008.A
Small Business Information
IMPACT TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
200 Canal View Blvd, Rochester, NY, 14623
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
073955507
Principal Investigator:
Michael Roemer
Director of Engineering
(585) 424-1990
mike.roemer@impact-tek.com
Business Contact:
Mark Redding
President
(585) 424-1990
mark.redding@impact-tek.com
Research Institution:
ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Katherine Clark
141 Lomb Memorial Drive
L. Slaughter Bldg., Ste. 2000
Rochester, NY, 14623
(585) 475-7984
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Impact Technologies, LLC in collaboration with Georgia Tech, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and our commercialization partner Boeing, is proposing to develop a bio-inspired autonomous Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) platform capable of agile flight operations in cluttered urban environments. Building upon the experience of this team with UAV controls and autonomous urban operations, we will develop and demonstrate the following innovative technologies to improve MAV flight agility: (1) a bio-inspired agile MAV platform with morphing wing actuation; (2) an innovative micro attitude estimation device using a set of inexpensive accelerometers and angular rate sensors for highly accurate attitude estimation; and (3) a hierarchical intelligent control architecture featuring autonomous mode transitioning and neural network-based adaptive controls. We will take advantage of the MAV test platforms the team has built and tested in the past few years as initial test bed to integrate and evaluate the proposed sensor, control architecture and algorithms. Phase I will provide a proof-of-feasibility demonstration in an integrated software-hardware simulation environment. Hardware integration and flight tests are planned with our commercialization partner Boeing for Phase II. In addition, Impact will work closely with industry partners to develop a technology transfer and commercialization plan for developed MAV platforms.

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