A Small Image-aided Navigation And Path-planning System (SINAPS) for Small UAVs

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911W6-08-C-0026
Agency Tracking Number: A072-001-1885
Amount: $119,906.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: A07-001
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
AEROTONOMY, INC.
117 Herron Street, Fort Oglethorpe, GA, 30742
DUNS: 170566918
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 JAMES NEIDHOEFER
 CEO
 (706) 413-1582
 jneidhoefer@aerotonomy.com
Business Contact
 Chris Gibson
Title: CTO
Phone: (706) 413-1582
Email: cgibson@aerotonomy.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Due to the limitations and power requirements of modern computational hardware and sensors, the central goals of smallness and high-level autonomy (usually associated with higher algorithmic complexity and computational cost) are directly at odds with each other. Current small UAVs often shed weight through the use of limited sensors and rudimentary algorithms, while very high-level autonomy usually comes packaged in a UAV that is by no means “small.” Our proposed project is uniquely situated to tackle this “highly autonomous small UAV” challenge through the innovative combination of high-performance, compact hardware and efficient, advanced algorithms. The proposing team will combine a flight-proven, state-of-the-art miniature avionics system, flight-proven, real-time image processing techniques, and efficient, high-level autonomous guidance algorithms to develop a Small, Image-aided Navigation and Autonomous Path-planning System (SINAPS) for small UAVs. The Phase I result will be a complete flight-proven SINAPS with very high levels of autonomy contained in an extremely small, lightweight package.

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