System Optimization for Backup VTUAV Shipboard Landing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-12-C-0067
Agency Tracking Number: N112-127-0219
Amount: $79,951.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: N112-127
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
9950 Wakeman Drive, Manassas, VA, -
DUNS: 604717165
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Paduano
 Senior Autonomy Controls
 (617) 500-4807
 jpaduano@aurora.aero
Business Contact
 Scott Hart
Title: Financial Analyst
Phone: (617) 500-4892
Email: shart@aurora.aero
Research Institution
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Abstract
Aurora Flight Sciences, working with Optical Air Data Systems (OADS), proposes to develop a retrofit system to perform the functions of the current Fire Scout / UCARS landing system while eliminating or minimizing dedicated communication links and/or specialized equipment on the ship deck. Technologies to be utilized are proprietary OADS methods (Landsafe), camera-based ship-deck position and attitude estimation, or a fused combination of these . By eliminating the use of an active on-deck system, and by placing the measurements and computations on board the VTUAV, a completely disparate system from the current"deck-centric"system will be created. The backup recovery system will be evaluated against landing dispersion requirements for a range of conditions. Additional performance enhancements will be considered, if they are necessary to meet dispersion requirements in elevated sea states and/or poor visibility conditions.

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