Integration of PALACE and Touchdown Planning Methods for Landing CUAS at Unprepared Sites

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$738,767.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-11-C-0458
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N10A-039-0360
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N10A-T039
Solicitation Number:
2010.A
Small Business Information
9950 Wakeman Drive, Manassas, VA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
604717165
Principal Investigator:
James Paduano
Senior Autonomy Controls
(617) 500-4807
jpaduano@aurora.aero
Business Contact:
Diana Eichfeld
Contracts Manager
(703) 396-6329
deichfeld@aurora.aero
Research Institute:
Massachusetts Institute of Technolo
Michael P Corcoran
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA, 02139-
(617) 253-3906
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Aurora Flight Sciences and MIT have been developing tools and techniques that, together with existing 3D environment decisionmaking and navigation tools developed by AMRDEC in the PALACE program, are well-suited to the problem of autonomous vertical landing on unprepared landing sites. In this program, Aurora will team with MIT researchers and UC Santa Cruz (UCSC licenses PALACE technologies for AMRDEC) to combine hybrid-system rapidly-expanding random trees (RRTs), PALACE technologies, careful system engineering/integration, and experimental demonstrations. The result will be a general purpose, environmentally robust, autonomous vertical landing system for remote, unprepared/sloped landing sites with obstacles, environmental disturbances, and minimal ground crew support/training. System engineering will focus on creating a system which minimizes size, weight, power, and cost (SWAP-C) requirements for sensing and computation.

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