Terminal Guidance for Autonomous Aerial Refueling

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68936-12-C-0118
Agency Tracking Number: N101-073-1384
Amount: $600,070.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N101-073
Solicitation Number: 2010.1
Small Business Information
135 E. Ortega Street, Santa Barbara, CA, -
DUNS: 362223463
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Roger Stettner
 (805) 966-3331
Business Contact
 Roger Stettner
Title: Presidnet
Phone: (805) 966-3331
Email: rstettner@asc3d.com
Research Institution
Autonomous aerial refueling (AAR) is an important capability for an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to increase its flying range and endurance without increasing its size. In Phase I, Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc. (ASC) developed a novel tracking method that utilizes both 2D intensity and 3D point-cloud data acquired with a 3D Flash LIDAR sensor for autonomous aerial refueling. The experimental results demonstrate how relative position and orientation between the sensor and the simulated drogue can be easily and efficiently established. The primary objective in Phase II is to explore additional desired characteristics that ASC"s 3D Flash LIDAR cameras possess in particular, the capability of imaging through challenging environments such as in the dark or in foggy conditions. The goal in this Phase II is to develop a 3D camera suite that can be configured in different ways to serve as a test bed for data acquisition to prove the assumptions required in various conditions.

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