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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$729,982.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911W6-08-C-0047
Agency Tracking Number:
A072-001-1885
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
A07-001
Solicitation Number:
2007.2
Small Business Information
AEROTONOMY, INC.
591 Thornton Rd, Suite A, Lithia Springs, GA, GA, 30122
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
170566918
Principal Investigator:
JAMES NEIDHOEFER
CEO
(678) 398-1135
jneidhoefer@aerotonomy.com
Business Contact:
James Neidhoefer
CEO
(678) 398-1135
jneidhoefer@aerotonomy.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The proposing team will continue the development, testing, and productization of a Small, Image-aided Navigation and Autonomous Path-planning System (SINAPS) for UAVs. The SINAPS utilizes a capable suite of sensors together with state-of-the-art computing to enable real-time autonomous sensing and maneuvering at high speeds even in obstacle-rich environments. Due to the limitations and power requirements of modern computational hardware and sensors, the UAV 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 high-level autonomy usually comes packaged in a UAV that is by no means “small”. Our 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. While the SINAPS is compatible with most small UAVs capable of carrying it, the Phase II of this project will see it integrated and flown in three UAV testbeds including both fixed and rotary wing Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAVs).

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