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:
$69,846.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-09-M-0310
Agency Tracking Number:
N09A-025-0557
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
N09-T025
Solicitation Number:
2009.A
Small Business Information
KalScott Engineering, Inc.
PO Box 3426, Lawrence, KS, 66046
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
108339966
Principal Investigator:
Tom Sherwood
President
(785) 979-1113
tom.sherwood@kalscott.com
Business Contact:
Suman Saripalli
Vice President
(785) 979-1116
suman.saripalli@kalscott.com
Research Institution:
University of California-Berkeley
Pieter Abbeel
721 Soda Hall
University of California at Be
Berkeley CA, CA, 94720
(510) 642-7034
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
A hardware-software solution for controlling UAVs in challenging flight conditions is described. This would allow the UAV to autonomously exploit advantageous weather phenomena for increased endurance, and also allow the UAV to maneuver in challenging flight conditions. A novel method of generating the control laws is presented, along with a method to implement the new laws into the UAV autopilot. Both theoretical and experimental studies are planned.

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