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Autonomous Flight Safety System for Submarine Launch (AFSS-SUB)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-22-C-0183
Agency Tracking Number: N192-135-1096
Amount: $899,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N192-135
Solicitation Number: 19.2
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-01-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-07-11
Small Business Information
100 Remington Blvd
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-1111
United States
DUNS: 078466424
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 George Papadopoulos
 (631) 974-7218
Business Contact
 Robert Bakos
Phone: (631) 793-8439
Research Institution

Traditional flight termination systems (FTS) rely on a man-in-the-loop to monitor vehicle flight path and related vehicle trajectory performance parameters based on multiple radar tracking sources along with sensory data sent from onboard the vehicle via telemetry. An autonomous flight safety system (AFSS) brings the decision process onboard the vehicle via digital high-speed processing of positional data coming from onboard sensors, such as global positioning system (GPS), Optical (star or sun trackers), laser, and/or inertial measurement system (IMU)sensors. The sensor type is flexible in the architecture, but may require a software adjustment for the sensors position, velocity, and time(PVT) transmission formats. The Range Safety (RS) preprogrammed flight path and keep-out areas, along with flight deviation allowances, and related safety rules are uploaded to the AFSS prior to launch and stored in protective computer memory. The AFSS continuously determines the instantaneous impact point (IIP) of the vehicle based on real-time navigation data obtained from the onboard sensors. Current AFSS have been primarily designed for pad-launched systems; however, submarine-launched missiles present some unique issues that must be considered when leveraging this existing technology

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