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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-13-C-0375
Agency Tracking Number: N13A-003-0188
Amount: $79,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: N13A-T003
Solicitation Number: 2013.A
Small Business Information
RDRTec Inc.
3737 Atwell St., Suite 208, Dallas, TX, -
DUNS: 611827812
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Sidney Theis
 President
 (214) 353-8755
 sidtheis@rdrtec.com
Business Contact
 Sidney Theis
Title: President
Phone: (214) 353-8755
Email: sidtheis@rdrtec.com
Research Institution
 MIT Lincoln Laboratory
 Rodney Cole
 244 Wood Street
Lexington, MA, 02420-
 (781) 981-5018
 Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
Abstract
RDRTec Inc. and Lincoln Laboratory propose to establish the feasibility and develop the plan for an extensible analytic framework and methodology to address unanticipated maneuver encounter modeling, collision risk estimation, and ownship maneuver logic. With the widespread introduction of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), the nature of the airspace will change significantly over the next 10-20 years as they are fully integrated into both segregated and non-segregated airspace. New procedures and technologies will be required to ensure safe airspace operations via conflict avoidance while accommodating increasing traffic demands. Conflict avoidance has two main functions; Collision Avoidance (CA) and self-separation. Self-Separation (SS) can be thought of as strategic planning between aircraft by either the Air Traffic Control (ATC) or a future Sense And Avoid (SAA) system to maintain a"well clear"separation so that collision avoidance maneuvers are not required. Collision avoidance is a time critical action that must be taken by each pilot or the SAA system to avoid a collision if the aircraft have failed to maintain a well clear separation.

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