Navigation Solutions by Terrain Imaging

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F08630-02-C-0054
Agency Tracking Number: 021MN-2940
Amount: $99,931.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Athena Technologies, Inc.
9950 Wakeman Drive, Manassas, VA, 20110
DUNS: 004050352
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ben Motazed
 VP, Technology
 (703) 331-1068
 motazed@hiflight.com
Business Contact
 Matthew Hutchison
Title: VP, Operations
Phone: (703) 331-1068
Email: hutch@hiflight.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
"Athena Technologies, Incorporated (Athena) and Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute (CMU) propose to exploit use of visual odometry capabilities via real-time computer vision, to augment inertial sensors, 3D magnetometer and GPS to determine thevelocity, position and attitude of a missile or unmanned air vehicle. The proposed architecture exploits the excellent performance Athena has demonstrated to date with the GuideStar system, which provides a full navigation and attitude solution from a 16state nonlinear extended Kalman filter, using low grade MEMS technology inertial sensors. This proposal will explore augmenting of this navigation/attitude solution by incorporating CMU's visual odometry signals that are the processed output from digitalimaging of local terrain video. With this additional sensing modality, the navigation and attitude solution stands a good chance of improved performance under GPS outage conditions. Athena foresees a large potential market in the application ofvision-based flight control systems to both military unmanned and general aviation air vehicles. Vision-based FCS will enable autonomous obstacle managment for autonomous docking, perching and landing on runways in visible, IR or active SAR spectrum."

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