Maneuver Prediction and Avoidance Logic For Unmanned Aircraft System Encounters with Non-Cooperative Air Traffic

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,968.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-13-C-0376
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N13A-003-0041
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
N13A-T003
Solicitation Number:
2013.A
Small Business Information
4850 Hahns Peak Drive, Suite 200, Loveland, CO, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
956324362
Principal Investigator:
Philip Toit
Principal Investigator
(970) 461-2000
philip.dutoit@numerica.us
Business Contact:
Jeff Poore
President
(970) 461-2000
jeff.poore@numerica.us
Research Institution:
Johns Hopkins University
Marin K PhD
3400 N. Charles St.
Suite W-400, Wyman Park Center
Baltimore, MD, 21218-
(410) 516-8668
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
For Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to operate seamlessly in both the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS) and abroad, it will be crucial that they possess a sense-and-avoid (SAA) capability that can ensure safe operations among maneuvering, non-cooperative aircraft. Numerica Corporation, in partnership with Johns Hopkins University, proposes to develop a set of algorithms to model the uncertainties associated with maneuvering aircraft, update these representations in real-time using encounter-specific information, and then use them to estimate conflict risk and plan avoidance maneuvers. An important feature of the proposed approach is the development of an avoidance-based measure of conflict risk that is based on the coupling between possible maneuvers of an uncertain intruder and resulting avoidance responses of theownship. This would extend the typical"blunder scenario"measure of risk for the purpose of: (i) reducing the occurrence of unnecessary maneuvers triggered by the SAA system, (ii) understanding the relationship between advanced sensor capabilities and improved safety, and (iii) informing hardware requirements for an SAA system operating in Visual Flight Rules (VFR) type environments.

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