Technology Enhancement for Robust and Reliable Absolute Navigation (TERRANav)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$79,902.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N00014-12-M-0256
Solitcitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2012
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
N121-101-0421
Solicitation Topic Code:
N121-101
Small Business Information
Robotic Research LLC
555 Quince Orchard Road, Suite 300, Gaithersburg, MD, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Duns:
121257443
Principal Investigator
 Alberto Lacaze
 President
 (240) 631-0008
 lacaze@roboticresearch.com
Business Contact
 Alberto Lacaze
Title: President
Phone: (240) 631-0008
Email: lacaze@roboticresearch.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
This proposal will create a robust, low-cost multi-sensor navigation system for AUGVs called the Technology Enhancement for Robust and Reliable Absolute Navigation (TERRANav). TERRANav will integrate inertial, magnetic, EO/IR, and LIDAR sensors with a priori databases to reduce absolute localization errors in GPS-denied locations. This approach is fundamentally different than a traditional GPS/INS system because it incorporates non-GPS sensing modalities that exploit structure in the environment to measure an absolute position in the world. These additional sensing methods bound the errors generated by the inertial system when GPS is denied. TERRANav gracefully handles GPS outages by intelligently combining the best absolute positioning estimates from a variety of localization methods. During Phase I, we will lay out the concept architecture and localization methods for a robust, low-cost multi-sensor navigation system. We will also run initial in-lab tests of some of these methods using collected data. Phase I will be restricted to initial software designs, in-lab testing, and feasibility investigations. During the Phase I Option, software development and testing will start to transition from the lab to the field.

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