Watercraft Controlled Approach System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$68,796.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N65538-08-M-0043
Solitcitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Number:
2007.3
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2008
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
N073-208-0336
Solicitation Topic Code:
N07-208
Small Business Information
ATHENA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
3721 Macintosh Drive, Vint Hill Tech Park, Warrenton, VA, 20187
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Rodin Lyasoff
 Controls Engineer
 (540) 428-3327
 rlyasoff@athenati.com
Business Contact
 Steve Hamric
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (540) 428-3316
Email: shamric@athenati.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Athena Technologies Incorporated (Athena) proposes to demonstrate a watercraft recovery control system to control, monitor and manage the recovery sequence of watercraft aboard small surface combatants. The solution leverages Athena’s capabilities in vision-augmented estimation, control and path planning, and the field-proven multistate nonlinear Kalman filter (KF) attitude solution currently used in Athena's GuideStar™ products. The objective is to provide active real-time tracking of multiple vehicles throughout the approach and recovery sequence, under a variety of environmental conditions, through sea-state 4 conditions. The proposed system will be used to track vehicle progress toward the recovery point, provide guidance recommendations to the operator, and evaluate the feasibility of a successful docking, generating warnings when appropriate. This information will be presented to the operator within an efficient, user-friendly interface, on a rugged outdoor-viewable display, which will be usable as a secondary display when the operator is directly controlling the vehicle during the recovery evolution.

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