Improvements to Sense and Avoid (SAA) Systems for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: D12PC00499
Agency Tracking Number: D2-1180
Amount: $1,824,698.66
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF081-069
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Solicitation Year: 2012
Award Year: 2012
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2012-08-02
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-02-14
Small Business Information
124 Chartley Court, Suite 100, Beavercreek, OH, 45440
DUNS: 809046308
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Utt
 (937) 572-4576
Business Contact
 Mr. James Utt
Title: program manager
Phone: (937) 572-4576
Research Institution
Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) across the services need the capability to operate routinely in civil airspace like manned aircraft.Currently, the lack of Sense and Avoid (SAA) technology is the largest obstacle to realizing this capability.The SAA system should autonomously sense air traffic and direct the RPA to avoid the traffic in the same manner as a human pilot.The preceding program demonstrated the feasibility and benefits of using uncooled short wave infrared sensors coupled with innovative detection/tracking/classification algorithms to identify intruding aircraft day or night.This program advances the state of the art by closely integrating the sensor with the processing hardware in a miniature package suitable for deployment on both large and small RPAs.The close integration is achieved through the use of proprietary 3D stacked-die packaging techniques.The resulting prototype Smart SWIR sensor/processor packages will be flight tested on a surrogate RPA (manned aircraft) to demonstrate Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6.

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