UAS Architecture for Distributed Sensing Operations

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX13CD06P
Agency Tracking Number: 125064
Amount: $124,883.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: S3.05
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Emergent Space Technologies, Inc.
MD, Greenbelt, MD, 20770-1405
DUNS: 101537046
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Darren Zanon
 Principal Investigator
 (301) 345-1535
Business Contact
 David Gaylor
Title: Business Official
Phone: (303) 656-9035
Research Institution
NASA seeks Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) for Earth science data collection for missions with variable durations, operating proximities, altitudes, and environmental conditions. Of particular interest is the Ice Bridge mission, which takes observations in support of Arctic and Antarctic research by identifying ice sheet motion, three-dimensional ice features, and other atmospheric and surface effects. These UAS aircraft may be equipped with a variety of sensors, with each aircraft potentially completing a unique set of objectives, only some of which take advantage of or require distributed sensing. Such a flexible system demands that vehicles be capable of seamless entry and exit of aircraft from any distributed sensing task. The approach proposed here satisfies these needs through a distributed sensing architecture that allows cluster sensor information to interface with and influence a multi-aircraft, high-precision, closed-loop path planning and control system. In addition, the UAS path planner is capable of managing dynamic flight regimes, including high winds and turbulence, while ensuring proper target tracking. This combination of features maximizes mission utility and path repeatability.

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