Image-based Navigation Shipboard Landing for Fixed Wing Carrier Landing (ImageNav-FW)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$917,052.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N00014-14-C-0119
Solitcitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2014
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
N112-127-1097a
Solicitation Topic Code:
N112-127
Small Business Information
Scientific Systems Company, Inc
500 West Cummings Park - Ste 3000, Woburn, MA, 01801-
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Duns:
859244204
Principal Investigator
 Andrew Browning
 Group Leader, Computer Pe
 (781) 933-5355
 andrew.browning@ssci.com
Business Contact
 Jay Miselis
Title: Director of Finance
Phone: (781) 933-5355
Email: contracts@ssci.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Autonomous landing of a fixed-wing Unmanned Air Vehicle on the deck of a moving ship requires a precise and accurate ship-relative navigation solution. Existing landing systems consisting of combinations of GPS, Radar, and other radio-based communications, are prone to component failure as well as unavailability of the required RF spectrum issues that may require abandoning an expensive asset at sea. The Image-based Navigation for Fixed-Wing Shipboard Landing (ImageNav-FW) system can act as a backup, replacement, or complementary solution and enables recovery in the aforementioned scenarios. The ImageNav-FW system generates ship-relative navigation estimates for its onboard guidance and control system during the final approach and terminal landing phases. ImageNav-FW uses existing visual landing aids on the ship deck and does not require any ship-to-platform synchronous datalink or GPS. In Phase-I, ImageNav-SL was developed for VTUAV using advanced computer vision methods. Phase II of that program is expanding on the concept design to specify a detailed system HW/SW design and test a prototype implementation using data collects and real-time open-loop flight tests. In the ImageNav FW Phase II, SSCI will apply the ImageNav-SL algorithms to fixed-wing landing and augment them with state estimation of Visual Landing Aids (VLA), e.g. IFLOLS, and landing lights.

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