Autonomous Vehicle Awareness Sensor

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9453-09-M-0087
Award Id:
93094
Agency Tracking Number:
F083-194-0786
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
RADIATION MONITORING DEVICES, INC. (Currently Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc)
44 Hunt Street, Watertown, MA, 02472
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
073804411
Principal Investigator:
Richard Myers, Ph.D.
Design Engineer
(617) 668-6800
stamm@mmadesign.biz
Business Contact:
Gerald Entine, Ph.D.
President, MMA Design LLC
(617) 668-6800
mwiens@mmadesign.biz
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc. (RMD) in collaboration with Munro Ranging, LLC will develop an active laser sensor for autonomous satellite awareness systems. The instrument will be based on two innovative technologies developed by Munro Ranging and RMD to allow accurate and timely situation awareness of the host vehicle. By coupling with RMDs avalanche photodiode (APD) arrays, the unit will be able to perform simultaneous ranging and tracking using a single transmitter-receiver pair. In addition, a novel ranging method will allow for more compact packaging and require less power than ordinary laser ranging systems. The information gathered by the sensor will then be used to calculate the target objects velocity vector relative to the host satellite and assess the hazard level. When integrated with the control systems of the satellite, autonomous operation will be realized. BENEFIT: There are a numerous applications that can benefit from the development of a low-cost, compact ranging and tracking sensors for autonomous vehicle operation. Some of these applications include, 3-D imaging, collision avoidance and warning for automobiles, adaptive cruise control, robotics, industrial sensing, surveying, camera autofocus, law enforcement, border security, sports (golf, archery, hunting, baseball, tennis, etc.) and smart weapons.

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