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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-13-C-0145
Agency Tracking Number: N112-127-1097
Amount: $2,460,719.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: N112-127
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
500 West Cummings Park - Ste 3000, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Jeffrey Byrne
 Senior Research Engineer
 (781) 933-5355
Business Contact
 Jay Miselis
Title: Corporate Controller
Phone: (781) 933-5355
Research Institution
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, consisting of ship-based radar equipment and airborne transponder equipment that utilizes round-trip Radio Frequency (RF) characteristics to determine relative position, is prone to component failure as well as unavailability of the required RF spectrum issues that may require abandoning an expensive asset at sea. Image-based Navigation for Shipboard Landing (ImageNav-SL) system can act as a backup or replacement for the existing radar -based solution and enables recovery in the aforementioned scenarios. ImageNav-SL system generates ship-relative navigation estimates for its onboard guidance and control system during the final approach and terminal landing phases. ImageNav-SL uses existing visual landing aids on the ship deck and does not require any ship-to-platform synchronous datalink or GPS. In Phase-I, ImageNav-SL was developed using advanced computer vision methods and its feasibility successfully demonstrated. Phase II will expand on the concept design to specify a detailed system HW/SW design and test a prototype implementation using data collects and real-time open-loop flight tests using Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) Fire Scout test assets.

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