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Software Architecture for Navigation Devices Enabling Flexible Addition of Aiding Sensors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N10PC20178
Agency Tracking Number: 10SB1-0350
Amount: $98,512.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SB101-011
Solicitation Number: 2010.1
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-06-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2011-04-15
Small Business Information
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Round Rock, TX 78681
United States
DUNS: 090213369
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Christof Hamm
 Systems Engineer
 (512) 238-9840
Business Contact
 John Kurkjian
Title: Treasurer
Phone: (512) 238-9840
Research Institution

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking a software architecture that allows new and advanced navigation sensors to be integrated with an existing navigation system. To demonstrate this technology, DARPA desires a design for a personal navigator leveraging this technology that is capable of providing a location fix with an accuracy of 10 meters 3D rms. This navigator needs to integrate a variety of sensors in order to operate for extended periods of time without a GPS coordinate update. 5-D Systems’ layered approach to both the software architecture and navigation filter, presented in this proposal, provides a framework that meets desire. Our approach develops a generic software architecture that facilitates the development of a personal navigator that can exploit the newest and best navigation sensors available, irrespective of their existence at the time of the navigation system’s design and deployment. Our novel approach uses a layered, two-tier navigation filter that enables the robust addition of new sensors and navigation approaches while operating in the absence of GPS for extended periods. Collectively, our team brings a unique mix of academic and industry experience integrating sensors for navigation and developing adaptable, sustainable software architectures for new and legacy systems.

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