Threat Evasion Route Optimizer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-07-C-0005
Agency Tracking Number: N062-115-0352
Amount: $79,946.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-115
Solicitation Number: 2006.2
Small Business Information
13766 S. Hawthorne Blvd., Hawthorne, CA, 90250
DUNS: 028281020
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Edward Bachelder
 Senior Research Engineer
 (310) 679-2281
 edbach@systemstech.com
Business Contact
 Thomas Myers
Title: Vice-President & Technica
Phone: (310) 679-2281
Email: exec@systemstech.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The solicitation for this topic stresses the need for alternatives to current methods that compute safe altitudes and routes for air vehicles in the presence of dynamic ground threats. The proposed approach uses transformation and optimization in conjunction with aircraft performance, terrain height, threat information, and user-specified objectives to provide real time automated path and mission planning for aerial platforms under dynamic conditions and constraints. The system takes into account user-prioritized objectives regarding threat exposure (IR or radar), distance from threats, fuel, ground collision risk, time of flight, etc. Dynamic Programming is used to perform the optimization over large terrain areas, and changes in the environment (threats, weather) can be accounted for in seconds. The tool can serve not only as an expert decision aid, but also as a means of evaluating planning solutions that are generated by humans as well as a cost/benefit exploratory tool for planning. Approaches for information depiction and graphics rendering are proposed, and the issues surrounding hardware implementation addressed.

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