Absolute Localization in GPS-denied Environment for Autonomous Unmanned Ground and Micro-air Vehicle Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-12-M-0272
Agency Tracking Number: N121-101-0791
Amount: $149,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: N121-101
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
200 Westside Square, Suite 320, Huntsville, AL, -
DUNS: 129074840
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Todd Aycock
 Computer Engineer
 (256) 562-0087
Business Contact
 David Chenault
Title: President
Phone: (256) 562-0087
Email: david.chenault@polarissensor.com
Research Institution
Polaris proposes to make use of currently available sensor suites on AUGV/MAV platforms to implement a Kalman filter-based integrated solution to the autonomous localization problem in GPS-denied environments, titled Stereo Camera Absolute Localization and Map correlation System (SCALMS). This effort will focus on the development of two distinct subsystems, dead reckoning and absolute positioning. The innovation lies in the implementation of the dead reckoning localization subsystem and also in the novel methods for correlating maps in the absolute positioning subsystem. The proposed Phase I will result in the implementation and field test of the first subsystem and the analysis and design of the second. A design which integrates the two into the SCALMS architecture is provided. Finally, novel methods for handling feature-poor and feature-rich environments, as well as localization reset, are suggested. We estimate that the SCALMS architecture could be implemented on many AUGV platforms in production today without adding additional sensing hardware and without exceeding SWAP, processing, and memory requirements. The final system will be ideal because of its integration of some proven technologies, but innovative due to its application of others.

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