NASA SBIR 2016 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 A2.02-8241
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technology
PROPOSAL TITLE: Low SWaP-C FAA Compliant UAV Navigation

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Cybernet Systems Corporation
3741 Plaza Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108 - 2217
(734) 668-2567

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr Charles Jacobus Ph.D
3741 Plaza Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108 - 1655
(734) 668-2567

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Margaret Press
3741 Plaza Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108 - 2217
(734) 668-2567

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 4
End: 6

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technology is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
NASA is responsible for breakthrough research to assure that adding UAS to the US Airspace is safe to both manned and unmanned aircraft. The FAA has made new rules that restrict small consumer and commercial UAS from operating beyond line of sight and over 500 feet in altitude but present day UAS controllers do not enforce these rules in hardware, and manual pilots cannot assure compliance with present day small UAS controls. Furthermore, while many UAS have GPS awareness, they have virtually no awareness of potential collision events.
We propose to develop and demonstrate a collision safe and FAA rules enforcing UAS controller technology and make it available widely for consumer UAS licensing for low cost.
Small outdoor UAVs for surveillance, small payload transport, and other applications are readily available in the commercial market and are remaking the lower altitude airspace. These units navigate through direct teleoperation within line of sight of the operator and controller. Some units also include GPS navigation so that they can accurately station-keep or move to a predetermined location and altitude. The missing technology for this kind of autonomous operation is obstacle detection and avoidance integrated with controls in a low SWaP-C form factor.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
NASA performs aviation research to improve the operation of UAVs in civilian and military airspace. This sensor will provide improved autonomy in both areas. It also will be extended to support ground rovers and air vehicles used in advanced planetary exploration in the future.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
To commercialize this technology in the private sector, we will follow a strategy that has proven successful for us in the past. We will start by identifying those parties who have a vested interest in this technology (for instance the Defense Department UAV users community. After identifying interested parties, we will arrange partnerships with one or more of these vendors whereby we will receive royalties on the sale of products incorporating our technology. The licensing arrangements will be strengthened by our existing patents and existing technology. We will also partner with organizations to make a consumer UAV version of the technology for direct sale as commercial uses of FAA compliant UAVs become more common.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)

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