Absolute Localization in GPS-denied Environment for Autonomous Unmanned Ground and Micro-air Vehicle Systems
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AbstractPolaris proposes to develop necessary hardware and algorithms for a Sky Polarization and Sun Sensor (SkyPass) in order to replace absolute localization information provided by Global Positioning System (GPS) for when GPS fails in a typical navigation solution. Additionally, this proposal includes an polarization-based approach to improve feature extraction and association processes for use in navigational algorithms like optical flow and map registration, called POLarimetric Imaging for Mapping And Perception (PolMAP). These combined approaches utilize the polarization component of light and use novel methods to apply this sensing method for navigational purposes. The proposed Phase II will results in a SkyPass prototype with resulting software/algorithms and experimental algorithms and analysis for PolMAP. We estimate that both SkyPass and PolMAP could be implemented on autonomus unmanned ground vehicles (AUGV) without increasing cost or SWAP substantially.
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