Vision Based Navigation for SUGV

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-10-C-0220
Agency Tracking Number: A093-203-0033
Amount: $68,725.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-203
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
200 Westside Square, Suite 320, Huntsville, AL, 35801
DUNS: 129074840
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jason Heym
 Sr. Software Engineer
 (256) 562-0087
Business Contact
 David Chenault
Title: President
Phone: (256) 562-0087
Research Institution
Accurate calculation of vehicle motion is difficult to accomplish; especially when travelling on rough terrain at high speeds. Motion sensing devices, such as a Global Positioning System (GPS) and an Inertial Navigation System (INS), are readily available but have undesirable disadvantages. Numerous situations exist in which robotic exploration is desired but without motion sensing such exploration is not possible. Therefore, alternative motion sensing capabilities are necessary. A visual motion sensing solution that is efficient in size, power consumption and performance is an approach to equip unmanned vehicles with such capabilities. The purposed solution will combine landmark detection/tracking and motion sensing image processing techniques with an optimal optical and electronic design to create a vision-based motion-sensing device that produces accurate motion calculations with minimal power consumption.

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