Improvements to Sense and Avoid (SAA) Systems for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,944.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-08-M-1379
Agency Tracking Number:
F081-069-1129
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF081-069
Solicitation Number:
2008.1
Small Business Information
ADVANCED SCIENTIFIC CONCEPTS, INC.
305 E. Haley Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
362223463
Principal Investigator:
Bradley Short
Program Manager/Sr Optical Engineer
(805) 966-3331
Bshort@asc3d.com
Business Contact:
Roger Stettner
President
(805) 966-3331
asc@asc3d.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
In this SBIR proposal ASC is offering to develop a UAV Sense and Avoid system that will combine ASC’s existing Flash 3D video sensor with Carnegie Mellons 2D optical sensor and avoidance software. In Phase I, ASC, working with Carnegie Mellon, will collect UAV-relevant data with its existing Flash Ladar Video Camera (FLVC) and with CMU’s EO sensor. ASC will utilize this data and simulation along with and its existing FLVC designs to develop an initial system concept design of its Optical Radar Sense and Avoid Sensor for a small UAV. Incorporating our existing 3-D focal planes, ASC will fabricate, test and deliver a breadboard Ladar camera in Phase II. This system will be suitable for demonstration of collision avoidance in a heavy traffic environment. ASC designs its own focal plane readout integrated circuits (ROICs), optics, lasers and mechanical systems, and has an excellent record of system integration and commercialization. CMU has a long history of success in unmanned vehicles including its recent win at the DARPA Urban Challenge. Flash Ladar provides an innovative approach that can provide compact solutions unmatched by traditional Radar. By combining this capability with Carnegie Mellon’s collision avoidance system, we will provide a complete system solution for UAV collision avoidance.

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