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Innovative Micro Air Vehicles & Control Techniques for Urban Environments

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-08-M-3836
Agency Tracking Number: F081-077-1336
Amount: $99,968.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF081-077
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2008
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2008-03-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2008-12-28
Small Business Information
350 Wynn Drive
Huntsville, AL 35805
United States
DUNS: 031994218
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Andrew Thies
 Principal Investigator
 (256) 489-8963
Business Contact
 Kevin Bice
Title: Sr. Contract Administrator
Phone: (256) 489-8964
Research Institution

Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAVs) will provide an important capability for both military and civilian uses, including reconnaissance, target identification, search and rescue, and bomb damage indication. The development of effective MAVs for these missions will require the production of a real-time autonomous flight navigation and obstacle avoidance system for operation in complex urban environments which is suitable for implementation on these small vehicles. The flight platforms will have limited payloads which will require trade-offs in computational power and sensor type, including sensor resolution and frame rate. To conduct the obstacle detection and collision avoidance Radiance proposes a MAV flight control system that utilizes appropriate sensors in real time to autonomously construct a 3-D obstacle map, which effectively encapsulates physical objects within the MAV's potential flight path, and guide the MAV along a safe trajectory that positions the MAV for successful completion of its mission objectives. The geometry building algorithms are envisioned to provide the added benefit of geometric feature extraction and detecting real-time change within the geometry to identify non-cooperative moving objects.

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