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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-11-C-0458
Agency Tracking Number: N10A-039-0360
Amount: $738,767.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N10A-T039
Solicitation Number: 2010.A
Small Business Information
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Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Paduano
 Senior Autonomy Controls
 (617) 500-4807
Business Contact
 Diana Eichfeld
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (703) 396-6329
Research Institution
 Massachusetts Institute of Technolo
 Michael P Corcoran
 77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA, 02139-
 (617) 253-3906
 Nonprofit college or university
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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