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Open Call for Innovative Defense-Related Dual-Purpose Technologies/Solutions

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8751-19-C-A032
Agency Tracking Number: F182-005-1871
Amount: $648,876.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF182-005
Solicitation Number: 18.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-03-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-03-06
Small Business Information
4725 CONSTITUTIONAL COURT
DAYTON, OH 45440
United States
DUNS: 043837445
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Bret R Givens
 PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
 (937) 620-5359
 bgivens@3daerial.com
Business Contact
 ANDREA HICKS
Phone: (937) 510-7431
Email: ahicks@3daerial.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

We propose using an integrated, multi-layered sensing approach for rapidly assessing runway damage (i.e., craters, spall, debris, and unexploded ordinance in tall grass around runway). Within this approach, a fixed wing UAV will fly the entire area of interest. Through edge computing and real-time processing of images the system will assess any specific locations in need of further inspection. Current state-of-the-art UAV remote sensing relies heavily on stitching and creation of a single orthomosiac image prior to further analyses. We propose processing on an image-by-image basis, thereby obtaining actionable information in near real-time with the same effectiveness and accuracy. The results from initial fixed wing UAV sensing flights will direct a multi-rotor UAV with more specialized sensing equipment (i.e. RTK GPS, time of flight (TOF) array ranging and hyperspectral sensing) to more thoroughly inspect regions of interest. Results from the multi-rotor UAV flight will be transmitted to an Autonomous Ground Vehicle (AGV) for further action such as surface profiling further reducing the time to Minimum Airbase Operating Status (MAOS). The fixed wing UAV will allow for a quick overall assessment of the entire runway and surrounding area whereas the multi-rotor UAV and AGV will provide in-depth information about detected damage.

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