A hybrid fuel cell – battery/capacitor power source for UASs

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Innovation

A lightweight high energy density (400 W-h/kg) on-board power source that enables vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) type aircraft to have potentially extended flight time (12 hours) and increased payload.

Objective 

Our approach is to hybridize advanced fuel cells, modern batteries and high-power density capacitors to maximize the on-board power density and to extend the flight time ofthe UASs. Our hybrid power system utilizes fuel cell to provide a...

Interoperability in the modern UAS traffic management architectures

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Innovation

This effort is directly aligned with one of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) six focus areas: In-time System-wide Safety Assurance (ISSA). ISSA is discussed in detail in ‘In-Time Aviation Safety Management: Challenges and Research for an Evolving Aviation System (2018)' and would "...provide a continuum of information, analysis, and assessment that supports awareness and action to mitigate risks to safety..." This technology establishes what is essentially an ISSA...

IronClad secure flight controller

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Innovation

Asymmetric Technologies developed the IronClad Secure Flight Controller (SFC), which is a cyber-secure, robust open-architecture flight controller with advanced-computational capabilities available for additional high-level intelligent autonomy functions.

Objectives

The IronClad SFC directly addresses the following Round 4 SOARING AOIs: AOI #2: Field Swappable Aircraft Variants, AOI #7: Onboard Protocols for Non-Traditional Systems, AOI #8: Computational Efficiencies and Onboard Heat Management, AOI #13: Detect and Avoid, and AOI #14: Security...

Geometrically complex 3D printed sensors

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Innovation

Commercialization may be possible first for light-weight, aerodynamic antennas that also serve a structural purpose and later for the radio circuitry, fully embedded in 3D plastic or ceramic and simultaneously being structurally functional. This work concerns the design, simulation, fabrication, evaluation, and demonstration of novel 3-D printed antennas for use in the air collision avoidance and information system known as Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast or ADS-B. These antennas double as...

Integrated optical-radar sensor fusion system for air space awareness

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Innovation

This OFRN project combines GhostWave’s RF Noise radar technology with long range cameras for perimeter monitoring. The product is a system looking for a typical group 1 UAS out 3km, 360O in azimuth using stealthy radars from The Ohio State University patents, exclusively licensed to GhostWave. The radars are stealthy with Low Probability of Jamming or Intercept.

Objectives

At the end of the 18-month contract, the team will have a mast...

Computer-Human interaction for rapid program analysis through cognitive collaboration

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Innovation

The innovative aspects of CHIRP2C include approaches that are unique and novel while at the same time employing proven scientific principles and methods,thereby reducing technical risks in the development of the CHIRP2C testbed. CHIRP2C is revolutionary in seven aspects.

CHIRP2C is:

  1. Configured as low SWAP-C.
  2. Adaptive and modular within a plug-n-play architecture for scaling and future-proofing.
  3. Employs an open architecture for seamless integration with any legacy, current and future...