Risk modeling for unmanned aircraft in US national airspace

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8501-10-P-9005
Agency Tracking Number: F093-205-1870
Amount: $99,675.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: AF093-205
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
Aerovel Corporation
83 Oak Ridge Rd, White Salmon, WA, 98672
DUNS: 829641435
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tad McGeer
 President
 (541) 490-4103
 tad@aerovelco.com
Business Contact
 Tad McGeer
Title: President
Phone: (541) 490-4102
Email: tad@aerovelco.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
One of the obstacles to use of unmanned aircraft in the United States is lack of quantitative understanding of the associated risk of damage or injury. We propose to develop and promote practical algorithms for estimating risk of midair collision or surface impact. We further propose complementary work on path planning to minimise risk while accomplishing mission objectives, and on simulation to demonstrate our methodology. Phase I would develop an initial implementation, with web-based tools made available for public use. Refinement and more extensive validation would follow in Phase II. BENEFIT: Tools developed under this proposal have the potential significantly to streamline applications to the FAA for authorization of UAV operations, and so to enable new applications. Commercial possibilities include ship-based imaging reconnaissance, geomagnetic survey, weather reconnaissance, and atmospheric research.

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