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
Contract: N00014-09-M-0310
Agency Tracking Number: N09A-025-0557
Amount: $69,846.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N09-T025
Solicitation Number: 2009.A
Small Business Information
PO Box 3426, Lawrence, KS, 66046
DUNS: 108339966
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tom Sherwood
 President
 (785) 979-1113
 tom.sherwood@kalscott.com
Business Contact
 Suman Saripalli
Title: Vice President
Phone: (785) 979-1116
Email: 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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