Collaborative Engagement with Unmanned Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$729,945.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W15QKN-08-C-0021
Agency Tracking Number:
A062-052-2399
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
PROCERUS TECHNOLOGIES LC
452 South 950 East, Orem, UT, 84097
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
142406169
Principal Investigator:
Josh Hintze
Systems Engineer
(801) 437-0178
joshh@procerusuav.com
Business Contact:
Todd Titensor
CEO
(801) 437-0168
toddt@procerusuav.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Procerus Technologies and Renaissance Sciences are teaming together to provide critical technologies for collaborative engagement of ground targets by platoons of unmanned systems (UMS). We have developed a cooperative control strategy for platoons of UMS with specific focus on unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). Using this strategy we have demonstrated, using hardware-in-the-loop simulation, the ability to control the platoon to follow paths in formation in the presence of disturbances such as wind, and the ability to avoid vehicle collisions within the platoon. We have also performed flight tests demonstrating the ability to track and geo-locate targets of interest. We have performed preliminary demonstrations showing the ability to use electro-optical (EO) video to guide UAVs into ground targets. The overriding goal of this Phase II SBIR is to move the relevant capabilities toward commercialization and field implementation. We will work to implement our cooperative control strategy in hardware allowing flight test demonstrations of these capabilities to be performed. We will further develop and refine our vision-based target prosecution technology to create a fieldable product. These efforts will be carried out using standardized communications and networking protocols to enable easy integration into current Army UMS platforms.

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