A Safe, Legal, and Autonomous See-and-Avoid System for UAVs

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$69,691.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
NND06AA32C
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2006
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
055046
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
Aerotonomy, Inc.
117 Herron Street, Fort Oglethorpe, GA, 30742
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
170566918
Principal Investigator
 James Neidhoefer
 Principal Investigator
 (706) 413-1582
 jneidhoefer@aerotonomy.com
Business Contact
 Chris Gibson
Title: Business Official
Phone: (706) 413-1582
Email: cgibson@aerotonomy.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Aerotonomy, Incorporated, and subcontractors Georgia Tech and the AAI Corporation will combine state-of-the-art adaptive UAV control, optimized sensor suites, innovative strategic and tactical maneuvering systems, and a wealth of experience in manufacturing and operating Tactical UAVs (including the Shadow 200) to create a practical and autonomous See-and-Avoid System (SAAS) for safe UAV operations within the National Airspace System (NAS) and outside of Special Use Airspace. The SAAS will enable UAVs to autonomously perform both strategic maneuvering to follow the same predictable "right-of-way rules" followed by manned aircraft, as well as tactical maneuvering to perform close quarter collision avoidance. The primary innovation in this project is the Strategic Maneuvering System (SMS), a rule-based "maneuver executive" that will enable a UAV to interact with manned aircraft or other UAVs in a manner that is predictable and consonant with NAS operating procedures.

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