Image-based Navigation for Shipboard Landing (ImageNav-SL)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$149,999.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-12-C-0069
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N112-127-1097
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
N112-127
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
500 West Cummings Park - Ste 3000, Woburn, MA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
859244204
Principal Investigator:
JosephKehoe
Senior Systems Engineer
(781) 933-5355
joseph.kehoe@ssci.com
Business Contact:
JayMiselis
Corporate Controller
(781) 933-5355
contracts@ssci.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
Autonomous landing of a Vertical Takeoff and Landing Unmanned Air Vehicle (VTUAV), such as Fire Scout, on the deck of a moving ship requires a precise and accurate ship-relative navigation solution. The existing automated landing system consists of ship-based radar equipment and airborne transponder equipment that utilizes round-trip Radio Frequency (RF) characteristics to determine relative positions. This approach is prone to component failure as well as unavailability of the required RF spectrum issues that may require abandoning an expensive asset at sea. The proposed Image-based Navigation for Shipboard Landing (ImageNav-SL) system can act as a backup or replacement for the existing radar-transponder based solution and enables recovery in the aforementioned scenarios. In the proposed effort, SSCI will develop the ImageNav-SL onboard reference navigation data subsystem for the Fire Scout. ImageNav-SL will provide ship-relative navigation data to the Fire Scout"s onboard guidance controller during approach and landing phases. ImageNav-SL computes the landing deck"s position and orientation directly in vehicle coordinates using existing visual aids and without dependencies on a ship-to-platform synchronous datalink (with associated latencies and potential failures) or GPS. ImageNav-SL leverages existing real-time, EO/IR software libraries developed by SSCI for GPS-denied navigation and precision targeting over land.

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