Pilot-Directed Computer-Assisted Helicopter Formation Flying

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911NF-05-C-0088
Agency Tracking Number:
A054-011-0110
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Scientific Systems Co., Inc.
500 West Cummings Park - Ste 3000, Woburn, MA, 01801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
859244204
Principal Investigator:
Jovan Boskovic
Senior Research Engineer
(781) 933-5355
jovan@ssci.com
Business Contact:
Raman Mehra
President
(781) 933-5355
rkm@ssci.com
Research Institution:
UC BERKLEY
Jyl Baldwin
Sponsored Projects Office, 336 Sproul Hall, Mail-C 5940
Berkley, CA, 94720
(510) 642-8117
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Scientific Systems Company Inc. (SSCI) and University of California, Berkeley (UCB) jointly propose to develop and implement computer-aided Autonomous Formation Flying Control Technology (AFF-CT) for heterogeneous formations of manned helicopters. One of the objectives of the project is to design a control architecture and corresponding control algorithms that are robust to uncertainties and disturbances even while utilizing minimum inter-vehicle communications. Another objective is to design a formation manager to assure smooth transitioning between different modes of operation including take-off, landing, formation initialization, formation termination, adding vehicles to or removing them from the formation, pop-up threat avoidance, and emergency procedures. In order to achieve these objectives, we plan to carry out the following tasks: (i) Problem formulation for autonomous formation flying for heterogeneous manned helicopters; (ii) Development of decentralized Model Predictive Control (MPC) based formation control algorithms; (iii) Development of a Formation Manager using a Finite State Machine (FSM) approach; and (iv) Implementation and testing of the AFF-CT algorithms on simulations of small-scale and large helicopters. Upon successful demonstration of the feasibility of the AFF-CT system, in Phase II we plan to work with United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) and Sikorsky in Phases II and III on transitioning the technology to their helicopters.

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