UVARS: Unmanned Vehicle Autonomous Routing System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-04-M-0322
Agency Tracking Number: N045-003-0282
Amount: $69,900.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-T003
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
500 West Cummings Park - Ste 3000, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 859244204
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 B. Ravichandran
 Manager R & D
 (781) 933-5355
 ravi@ssci.com
Business Contact
 Raman Mehra
Title: President
Phone: (781) 933-5355
Email: rkm@ssci.com
Research Institution
 Naval Postgraduate School
 Richard Rosenthal
 Operations Research Department, Naval Postgraduate School
Moterey, CA, 93943
 (831) 656-2795
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The objective of this project is to develop UVARS: Unmanned Vehicle Autonomous Routing System an automated path and mission planning for aerial platforms under dynamic conditions and constraints. UVARS is based on evolutionary algorithms for global optimization that accounts for factors such as terrain, the platform's dynamic maneuvering capabilities, minimize visibility to threats, and navigational constraints and will respond to a changing environment such as new threats/targets detected, changes in no-fly zones or rules of engagement, new mission tasks required, new target priorities, new prioritization between threat exposure and image quality requirements. Phase I will demonstrate prototype performance and Phase II will demonstrate operational performance. Commercial applications of the approach will also be investigated during the Phase I and fully developed during the Phase II. A candidate platform for project demonstration and Phase III transition will be the Tomahawk cruise missile (through PMA 281 - Cruise Missiles Command and Control Program), or through the Time Critical Strike FNC and/or Autonomous Operations FNC. Scientific Systems Company Inc. (SSCI) leads this proposal team that includes the Operations Research Department at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA as our academic partner and Boeing Mission Planning Systems in St. Louis MO as our industrial partner.

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