Backup Shipboard Landing System for Vertical Takeoff and Landing Unmanned Air Vehicles

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$80,000.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-12-C-0068
Agency Tracking Number:
N112-127-0921
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
N112-127
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
FarCo Technologies, Inc.
95 Joralemon Street, Suite 1, Brooklyn, NY, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
961727752
Principal Investigator:
Prashanth Krishnamurthy
Senior Project Manager
(347) 534-7018
pkrishnamurthy@farcotech.com
Business Contact:
Brenda Homick
Vice President
(347) 613-5155
bhomick@farcotech.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
The objective of this SBIR Phase I is the development of a system-level hardware-software architecture and algorithms for a backup shipboard landing system for VTOL UAVs. The proposed system is comprised of a combination of a multi-modal sensor suite and a synergistic combination of algorithmic components including data fusion, perception, stochastic motion prediction, path planning, decision making, and inner-loop controls. The proposed effort demonstrates the feasibility of our approach through system-level design, identification of the sensor suite, development of the required algorithms, implementation of a demonstration software prototype of the algorithms, and simulation studies to demonstrate viability of the proposed system. The Phase I effort will provide a solid foundation for carrying out the Phase II objectives which would encompass implementation and integration of the entire suite of constituent algorithms within the system, integration of a hardware-software prototype of the system, Hardware-In-The-Loop simulation studies, and performance demonstration through experimental flight trials. While the primary focus in the design of the shipboard landing system in this proposal is on mid-size VTOL UAVs such as the Northrop Grumman Fire Scout, the system to be developed and the underlying technologies can address a wide range of VTOL UAV and ship platforms.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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