NASA SBIR 2022-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary

Proposal Information

Proposal Number:
22-1- A2.02-1200
Subtopic Title:
Enabling Aircraft Autonomy
Proposal Title:
Autonomy Platform Hover, Inc Proposal

Small Business Concern

   
Firm:
          
Hover, Inc
          
   
Address:
          
909 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98164
          
   
Phone:
          
(817) 675-8042                                                                                                                                                                                
          

Principal Investigator:

   
Name:
          
James Lawson
          
   
E-mail:
          
james.lawson@hoverinc.aero
          
   
Address:
          
909 5th ave, Unit 300, WA 98164 - 2007
          
   
Phone:
          
(817) 675-8042                                                                                                                                                                                
          

Business Official:

   
Name:
          
James Lawson
          
   
E-mail:
          
james.lawson@hoverinc.aero
          
   
Address:
          
909 5th ave, Unit 300, WA 98164 - 2007
          
   
Phone:
          
(817) 675-8042                                                                                                                                                                                
          

Summary Details:

   
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :                                                                                                                                                          
Begin: 3
End: 5
          
          
     
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words):

Detect And Avoid (DAA) is an essential capability for autonomous and semi-autonomous Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) aircraft operating Beyond Visual Line of Site (BVLOS) within the National Airspace System (NAS).

The capability presented in this proposal will overcome the following barriers to entry: cognition and multi-objective decision making, cost-effective, resilient, and self-organizing communications and verification and validation technology and certification approaches.  Our research will benefit detect and avoid algorithms, sensor fusion techniques, robust trajectory planners, and contingency management systems that can enable AAM and higher levels of UAS integration into the NAS.

For a DAA algorithm to be certified for use within the NAS, the computing platform which includes all the software and hardware necessary for it to be executed also needs to be certified. Furthermore, different sensors for detecting intruder aircraft do not perform as well as each other under all operating conditions and utilize technologies that are not equally certifiable. The capability to execute two DAA functions (see examples below) and other autonomy functions concurrently supports the integration of these sensors and technologies enabling aircraft autonomy.

The current state of the art does not offer a low Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) certifiable computing platform suitable for AAM and UAM aircraft that provides this capability.

The computing platform offered by this proposal provides this capability

          
          
     
Potential NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words):

NASA applications that require DAA functions and other autonomy functions for integration into the national airspace system

          
          
     
Potential Non-NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words):

Non-NASA applications that require DAA functions and other autonomy functions for integration into the national airspace system

          
          
     
Duration:     6
          
          

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