2012

Collision-Prediction Capabilities to Improve NAS Integration

Collision avoidance radar
Numerica Corporation
Loveland, COM
970-561-2000
www.numerica.us

The National Airspace System (NAS) is a complex and shared network of people, procedures, equipment, and infrastructure that ensures safe and timely air transportation in the United States and over large portions of the world’s oceans. NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration are working together on next-generation improvements to the NAS, and both organizations will work to safely integrate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the nation’s complex aviation system.

altIncorporating unmanned vehicles into national airspace is highly beneficial to important missions in the areas of scientific research, national security, emergency response, and disaster relief. Such vehicles, however, are grossly underutilized in these areas because they lack reliable collision-avoidance technology to ensure safe operation in the NAS.

Numerica was awarded a two-year, $600,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II contract from NASA to develop collision-prediction capabilities for unmanned aircraft systems operating in the National Airspace System.

Numerica is creating a sense-and-avoid capability to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace. The Numerica research team has developed methods for producing robust trajectory predictions over long time horizons, and the scientists are working with Colorado Engineering (Colorado Springs, CO) to model the company’s lightweight, low-power USTAR (Unmanned Sense, Track, and Avoid Radar) collision avoidance tool for feasibility testing.

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