SPHERICAL COVERAGE DUAL MODE SENSOR FOR UAS SEPARATION ASSURANCE

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX13CA17P
Agency Tracking Number: 125591
Amount: $124,782.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: A2.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Epsilon Lambda Electronics Corporation
IL, West Chicago, IL, 60185-2687
DUNS: 074569385
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Knox
 Principal Investigator
 (630) 293-7118
 bobk@epsilonlambda.com
Business Contact
 Robert Knox
Title: Business Official
Phone: (630) 293-7118
Email: bobk@epsilonlambda.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Proposed is a dual-mode sensor for use aboard unmanned aircraft for safe operation in the NAS that:1. Incorporates high resolution Millimeter Wave radar with high resolution Electro-Optical sensor.2. Achieves complete real time, full time spherical coverage around the UAS platform by employing two hemispherical dual mode sensors, one directed forward and one directed to the rear.[which exceeds the detection range and field-of-regard (FOR) for all nearby air platforms in FAA Regulation 7610.4 and other requirements from DOD/FAA documents].3. Utilizes multiple coherent transceivers.4. Meets SWaP and cost requirements for most UASs, including price (less than $3000 in quantity), size (less than 1 cubic feet), weight (less than 2 lb) and power (less than 10W).5. Leverages as needed the Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B), which will be implemented by the FAA in the NAS.6. Considers aircraft that operate without ADS-B.7. Performs multiple functions; including autonomous detection, tracking, predicting of future track and specification of collision avoiding maneuvers.8. Is self-contained, with sensor capability combined with on-board computing and flight control system, yet can be operated with sense and avoid interoperability.

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