Autonomous Navigation and Obstacle Avoidance for Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles without Global Positioning System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911W6-07-C-0018
Agency Tracking Number: A062-001-2743
Amount: $119,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: A06-001
Solicitation Number: 2006.2
Small Business Information
6800 Cortona Drive, Goleta, CA, 93117
DUNS: 054672662
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Benjamin Werner
 (805) 968-6787
Business Contact
 Marcella Lindbery
Title: Director of Finance and Contracts
Phone: (805) 968-6787
Research Institution
Toyon will develop an obstacle avoidance sensor and flight control system for small unmanned aerial vehicles or (SUAVs) and micro air vehicles (MAVs) operating in cluttered urban and indoor environments. The enabling component of this system is Toyon’s Hybrid Fixed Inertial (HyFI) sensor suite. HyFI is a compact, lightweight, self-contained position sensor that incorporates inertial measurement, ultrasonic object tracking, and passive optical sensing. Toyon will develop a flight control algorithm that matches the HyFI sensor characteristics with the platform dynamics of a selected MAV. The flight performance of the HyFI-equipped MAV will be evaluated in a physical environment simulation.

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