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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-12-C-0068
Agency Tracking Number: N112-127-0921
Amount: $80,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: N112-127
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
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DUNS: 961727752
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Prashanth Krishnamurthy
 Senior Project Manager
 (347) 534-7018
Business Contact
 Brenda Homick
Title: Vice President
Phone: (347) 613-5155
Research Institution
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.

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