ROAR: Rear hemisphere Obstacle Avoidance for Rotocraft

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911W6-13-C-0026
Agency Tracking Number: A131-001-1175
Amount: $99,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: A13-001
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Small Business Information
1915 Jamboree Drive, Suite 165, Colorado Springs, CO, -
DUNS: 131860632
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Larry Scally
 CTO/President
 (719) 388-8582
 larry.scally@coloradoengineeringinc.com
Business Contact
 Nancy Scally
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (719) 388-8582
Email: nancy.scally@coloradoengineeringinc.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
The unique capabilities provided by vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft also create challenges during turns and rearward maneuvers. VTOL aircraft lack sensors to provide protection in their rear hemisphere. Low altitude flight, take-off and landing are dangerous times for aircraft, even when landing in a well-known designated landing zone (LZ). The risk to the warfighter and expensive military assets increases markedly in confined LZs during night and in degraded visual environments (DVEs). A solution is needed to increase the situational awareness of obstacles behind the aircraft. The Colorado Engineering Inc. (CEI) team proposes to leverage its collective expertise with radar systems design, electromagnetics, antenna design, advanced embedded processing architectures, and radar algorithms to identify and assess solutions for a rear hemisphere, tail-rotor obstacle avoidance capability. The sensor system must be low-cost and fit within very tight size, weight, and power (SWaP) budgets to be feasible and suitable for VTOL manned and unmanned aircraft. CEI offers a unique combination of experience through its ongoing development programs for autonomous sense and avoid radar systems for unmanned airborne platforms and for rotocraft sensor solutions enhancing situational awareness in DVEs.

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