Modular Mission Planning Toolkit (MMPT)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00039-07-C-0006
Agency Tracking Number: N051-080-0168
Amount: $1,249,640.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-080
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
Fort Andross 14 Maine Street, Box 41, Brunswick, ME, 04011
DUNS: 150900033
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Charles Benton
 Chief Technical Officer
 (207) 798-4646
Business Contact
 Max Fletcher
Title: President
Phone: (207) 798-4646
Research Institution
The Modular Mission Planning Toolkit (MMPT) will support multiple autonomous undersea vehicles (AUVs), multiple environmental databases, and multiple warfare scenarios. The toolkit provides a plug-in modular framework to facilitate the creation of planning mission scenarios and will be able to support environmental condition display, asset availability and condition tracking, route planning, multiple vehicle cooperation, marine mammal operation support, undersea communications system planning, or mission de-conflicting between heterogeneous vehicles. Using a shared database for information, mission plans, and vehicle parameters, multiple plug-ins can access the same data. The time slider component of the GUI allows the user to adjust time into the past or the future. This allows one to view historical mission data and preview future mission plans. The capabilities created during the Phase I project have greatly improved the process of planning an AUV mission. By seeing the effect of the forecasted environmental data on the mission plan, a user can visually see the predicted AUV track. This has greatly reduced the time, effort, error, and improved the reliability of common AUV planning. The results of this project will have applications not only in the Department of Defense mission planning, but in the research and commercial world as well. BENEFITS: The Modular Mission Planning Toolkit will have broad applications across all users of Autonomous Undersea Vehicles (AUVs). As AUVs become prevalent, it will be imperative that missions be planned with the best environmental data available. Additional concerns are the coordination of multiple AUVs, and the retrieval of environmental data from deployed AUVs back into environmental models. Finally, the AUV user community is growing to include NOAA, NSF, and NASA. The flexible nature of the MMPT design addresses all these concerns. This project will provide our nation significantly improved mission planning capabilities for unmanned systems. Phase I has proven the technical feasibility and operational desirability of the MMPT approach. Phase III success will expand to include all unmanned domains: Air, Surface, and Undersea.

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