Absolute Localization in GPS-denied Environment for Autonomous Unmanned Ground and Micro-air Vehicle Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-13-C-0290
Agency Tracking Number: N121-101-0791
Amount: $746,483.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: N121-101
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc.
200 Westside Square Suite 320, Huntsville, AL, 35801
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Todd Aycock
 Computer Engineer
 (256) 562-0087
Business Contact
 David Chenault
Title: President
Phone: (256) 562-0087
Email: david.chenault@polarissensor.com
Research Institution
Polaris 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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