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Building Better Warfighters


Sensors for Unmanned Systems

What we've done...

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We excel in research and development of sensors for unmanned systems. Starting from specific customer and operational requirements, our engineers assess the development and implementation trade space to determine how to achieve optimal performance at affordable costs. Our solutions typically focus on mechanisms for leveraging existing components and technologies to decrease development time, development costs, and life cycle costs.

A notable success is the development of a geo-referencing mapping camera for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) that provides highly accurate, real-time geo-referenced imagery for mapping and targeting. This camera was designed for tier 2 UAVs and it decreases target location error to two meters. This UAV technology provides the Warfighter with all of the benefits of a bigger system in a smaller, less expensive package that allows for more flexibility and frequency of use to smaller groups of soldiers who might not have access to large, strategic-level-asset UAVs. To support this camera and enable distributed airborne processing of data and sensor networks, we developed a novel flexible network architecture. Our Hydra architecture allows for the rapid integration of a variety of sensors.

We also used our expertise to develop sensor systems for unmanned ground vehicles. In our Integrated Multi-Sensor Payload (IMSP) project we successfully mounted a mm-wave sensor onto an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) as its primary payload. The mm-wave sensor is able to see clearly through environments and materials that other sensors cannot, such as fog and clothing. In other ground robotics applications we have developed sensors for small Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) platforms like the Talon.

In support of our sister organization, the Pennsylvania State University, Applied Research Lab, we designed, fabricated, and tested a family of high-resolution, stabilized, panoramic imagers that substantially leveraged the rapidly-evolving consumer electronic market. These systems have been deployed on surveillance buoys and the Sea Maverick unmanned underwater vehicle.

Where we're going...

The EOC is going to embrace the next generation of net-centric warfare. With our vast experience in the development of novel sensor systems, we are poised to develop solutions that exceed our customers' requirements. With the continuing evolution of the Hydra architecture, we will be able to demonstrate the power of wide-area surveillance networks, and with it will be able to provide the flexibility required to assemble available sensors into a coherent surveillance system. We are confident this methodology for net-centric warfare will provide our Warfighters with a cost effective solution.

How to engage...

To find out how our expertise in sensors for unmanned systems can benefit you,contact us here.

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