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Passive Ranging, Obstacle Tracking, and Efficient Coordination of Tethered Systems (PROTECTS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-22-P-0007
Agency Tracking Number: A214-041-1555
Amount: $199,980.86
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A214-041
Solicitation Number: 21.4
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-12-08
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-03-06
Small Business Information
625 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-4555
United States
DUNS: 115243701
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Camille Monnier
 (617) 491-3474
Business Contact
 Mark Felix
Phone: (617) 491-3474
Research Institution

While significant progress has been made toward developing robust obstacle detection and avoidance technologies for Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) and Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs), tethered systems face unique challenges that are not addressed by existing solutions. Charles River Analytics proposes to design an architecture and solution for Passive Ranging, Obstacle Tracking, and Efficient Coordination of Tethered Systems (PROTECTS) that enables safe, on-the-move operation of a Te-UAS across diverse environments and usage contexts. The proposed system integrates commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) sensors and computing hardware, and builds on recent advances in deep learning-based monocular depth estimation along with specialized obstacle detection methods to provide a fully passive, high-resolution sensing solution supporting safe Te-UAS operations. To ensure that future Te-UAS systems will be able to take advantage of the rapid improvement of relevant sensors and algorithms, the PROTECTS architecture will be designed following a Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA), enabling plug-in replacement of key modules by future third-party developers.

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