Cooperative Decision and Control with Intermittent Asynchronous Communication

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$749,817.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA9550-06-C-0088
Agency Tracking Number:
F054-011-0151
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF05-T011
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
NASCENT TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
37 Liberty Avenue, Lexington, MA, 02420
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
061935057
Principal Investigator:
James Paduano
President
(781) 652-8571
paduano@nascent-tech.com
Business Contact:
James Paduano
President
(781) 652-8581
paduano@nascent-tech.com
Research Institution:
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLO
Jon How
77 Massachusetts Avnenue
Cambridge, MA, 02139
(617) 253-3267
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This proposal describes the development of an on-board planning module for coordinated search and tracking (CSAT) using low-cost (~50 lb class) UAVs. The NTC/MIT Phase I CSAT system, based on Robust Distributed Task Assignment (RDTA), has been tested in a unique communication emulation environment, which validated that RDTA and associated consensus management approaches work in the face of realistic communiation constraints. We also proved feasibility of distributed MILP-based planning using a prototype on-board planning module, through brass-board tested in a hardware-in-the loop simulation. Significant further enhancements, leading to both flight test and multi-vehicle HILsim testing are planned for Phase II.

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