Improvements to Sense and Avoid (SAA) Systems for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N10PC20240
Agency Tracking Number: 08SB1-0001
Amount: $749,970.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF081-069
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
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Principal Investigator
 James Utt
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Business Contact
 James Utt
Title: President
Phone: (937) 572-4576
Research Institution
There is no Sense and Avoid (SAA) solution for small UAS such as Scan Eagle, Raven, or BATMAV, which represent by far the greatest number of UAS. Equipping small UAS with SAA capability is problematic, mainly due to the very small size, weight and power (SWAP) resources available. The SAA system must compete for critical SWAP resources with fuel and payload sensors. Small, low-power EO and sensors do exist, but these typically have much lower resolution and sensitivity as well as analog-only video outputs, which seriously degrades their utility for intruder detection and processing. Additionally, EO sensors have no capability at night, except against illuminated aircraft; this may be fine for civil airspace operation, but is problematic for Air Force SUAS which train and operate almost exclusively with covert aircraft. Defense Engineering Corporation (DEC) has devised an innovative solution for this challenging problem based on state of the art sensor and algorithm technology. The Defense Advance Research Agency (DARPA) is developing the Micro-Sensing for Imaging (MISI), a high-sensitivity, high-resolution, infrared imaging device weighing less than 20 grams. The DEC team will embed intruder detection and avoidance algorithms directly into a sensor derived from MISI to create an effective SAA solution for small UAS.

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