Airborne Enhanced Rear Obstacle Avoidance System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911W6-13-C-0024
Agency Tracking Number: A131-001-0600
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: A13-001
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
Applied Technologies Division, 1845 West 205th Street, Torrance, CA, -
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ninad Patnekar
 (310) 320-3088
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Gordon Drew
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Research Institution
To address the Armys need for a low-cost rearward sense-and-avoid system, Physical Optics Corporation proposes to develop an Airborne Enhanced Rear Obstacle Avoidance System (AERO). The AERO system is based on a novel integration of two orthogonal obstacle sense-and-avoid techniques specifically for rearward operation. The key innovation in the AERO system is its unique system design that provides highly accurate obstacle detection and avoidance as well as situational awareness in degraded visual environment such as rain, fog, dust, or during nighttime operation. Moreover, the algorithm also provides the capability to track object trajectories. The design also provides military-accepted standard interfaces such as RS232 or MIL-STD-1553. In addition, the compact, low cost system is easy to acquire and integrate with airborne platform. In Phase I, POC will perform a technical feasibility and operational suitability test of the AERO system. A scaled-down version of the system will be developed and tested in POC laboratory. We anticipate that at the end of Phase II, AERO will reach technology readiness level (TRL) 5/6 and will be ready for initial tests.

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