Autonomous Guidance for small UAV Safe Flight Operations in the National Airspace System (NAS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-09-C-0505
Agency Tracking Number: N081-079-1270
Amount: $452,409.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-079
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
Latitude Engineering
100 West Cushing Street, Tucson, AZ, 85701
DUNS: 791029551
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jason Douglas
 President
 (520) 792-2006
 jason.douglas@latitudeengineering.c
Business Contact
 Jason Douglas
Title: President
Phone: (520) 792-2006
Email: jason.douglas@latitudeengineering.c
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Safe flight by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in unrestricted airspace, including the National Airspace, will only be possible with effective and reliable Sense and Avoid technologies and techniques. Several projects, including four Office of Naval Research STTR''s, are underway to develop sensors capable of addressing the first aspect. Latitude Engineering, LLC proposes to continue our successful Phase I effort on the avoidance problem using modern control methods to design and analyze a collision avoidance control algorithm that will firstly assure minimum separation distances are maintained, and secondly will avoid a collision, should a dangerous situation arise. Our approach uses differential game theory to develop well-defined zones of complete or partial safety to analyze the volume around the UAV. The algorithm will be capable of effective avoidance using sensors of different performance characteristics, including those that output only bearing information, such as acoustic or optical sensors, or complete relative position, such as radar or ADS-B. In addition, the control law will be designed so as to balance the requirements of safe flight with needs of the mission. During the Phase II effort we plan to implement and flight test our algorithm using UAVs acting in the pursuer and evader role.

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