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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,967.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911W6-08-C-0026
Award Id:
81345
Agency Tracking Number:
A072-001-1885
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
117 Herron Street, Fort Oglethorpe, GA, 30742
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
170566918
Principal Investigator:
James Neidhoefer
CEO
(706) 413-1582
jneidhoefer@aerotonomy.com
Business Contact:
Chris Gibson
CTO
(706) 413-1582
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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