Autonomous Command, Control and Communication for Unmanned Aircraft Operations in the Terminal Control Area

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,997.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-08-M-3805
Award Id:
86691
Agency Tracking Number:
F073-089-1634
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
801 Sycolin Road, Suite 212, Leesburg, VA, 20175
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
164558376
Principal Investigator:
ChrisBrinton
President and Principal Analyst
(703) 737-7637
brinton@mosaicatm.com
Business Contact:
ChrisBrinton
President and Principal Analyst
(703) 737-7637
brinton@mosaicatm.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The current command and control paradigm for management of air traffic is highly dependent on voice communication. This approach has benefited the development of Air Traffic Control (ATC) over the last century in many ways, including a low-level of required aircraft equipage and the ability to handle contingency situations and adapt to new requirements easily. However, the reliance on voice communication in ATC operations presents challenges to the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs). The remote pilot must interpret each ATC command, direct the aircraft accordingly, and communicate the appropriate response back to ATC. In this proposed effort, we apply advanced speech recognition concepts to the interpretation of ATC communications to enable autonomous communication between ATC and the Unmanned Aircraft (UA), removing the remote pilot from the communication loop between the UA and ATC. The key challenge in this approach is to ensure the required level of accuracy and reliability of the ATC speech recognition. To achieve complete autonomy, the UA must also be able to generate and transmit an appropriate response to ATC clearances. Thus, we do not require a speech recognition capability alone, but, rather, we require a fully autonomous command and control capability on-board the UA.

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