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Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Ground Operations Positioning System (UGOPS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-06-M-3639
Agency Tracking Number: F061-238-0107
Amount: $99,933.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-238
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-04-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2007-04-28
Small Business Information
6300 Gateway Dr.
Cypress, CA 90630
United States
DUNS: 614108918
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Mark Drzymkowski
 Principal Investigator
 (714) 224-4410
Business Contact
 Parviz Parhami
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (714) 224-4410
Research Institution

Modern battlefield scenarios are placing more reliance on the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to serve as the primary platform to execute missions at forward airbases that would otherwise be considered “dull, dirty, or dangerous” to a human pilot. There is current interest in technologies that will facilitate the automation of UAV ground control operations at locations where GPS service is either degraded or denied. This system will do such with minimum required supervision, in a manner that would approach the capabilities of, and require no more a-priori information than, manned aircraft. SARA proposes a system that will allow any UAV to be individually autonomous by adding sensors to, and using sensors already on board. The primary guiding sensor would be the on-board INS system, augmented by video sensors. Kalman Filtering will be used to estimate relative position, and SLAM algorithms will build a virtual environment. A ground control console with a real-time display will be developed to show the location and status of the UAVs and other ground vehicles, overlaid on a map of the airfield. This will enable ground control to efficiently enter waypoints and other information, interact with UAVs, and monitor and direct ground traffic.

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