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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$149,999.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N68335-12-C-0069
Solitcitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2012
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
N112-127-1097
Solicitation Topic Code:
N112-127
Small Business Information
Scientific Systems Company, Inc
500 West Cummings Park - Ste 3000, Woburn, MA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Duns:
859244204
Principal Investigator
 Joseph Kehoe
 Senior Systems Engineer
 (781) 933-5355
 joseph.kehoe@ssci.com
Business Contact
 Jay Miselis
Title: Corporate Controller
Phone: (781) 933-5355
Email: contracts@ssci.com
Research Institution
 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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