The US Office of Naval Research (ONR) awarded IS4S an SBIR Phase I contract to research and design an Autonomous Cargo Handling System (ACHS). The ACHS is a fully autonomous robot capable of carrying cargo on and off of the US Navy/USMC Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS), as well as other military aircraft. The ACHS will enable the rapid delivery of mission critical cargo to austere landing zones and beyond by a variety of manual, pre-planned, and fully autonomous modes. Much of the ACHS technology is leveraged from IS4S robots developed on other Government programs, which significantly reduces technical risk and development cost. When employed, the ACHS will reduce risk to our warfighters, increase efficiency of vital resupply operations and reduce overall operational cost.
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Yuma Proving Grounds announced an intent to award IS4S with a follow-on Phase II SBIR contract to enhance the Convoy Driver Assistance Systems. IS4S has developed, tested, and delivered a novel, self-contained GPS-based hardware unit that reliably displays the relative position between vehicles in a convoy with centimeter level accuracy. The hardware units can be used as a valuable safety tool when executing convoy and following operations in low-visibility conditions. They also provide a means for operators to maintain precise formations during tests. IS4S will expand upon this hardware platform to provide a new navigation algorithm to perform in GPS challenged environments, enabling testing when signals are present that interfere with the GPS signal. IS4S will also expand the system to provide real-time data visualization, more extensive data logging, route planning, and an improved visual interface.
PEO C3T awarded IS4S a Phase I SBIR contract to implement land navigation techniques on a cellular phone. IS4S will perform feasibility studies and conduct performance analyses on automated path tracking (step counting or dead reckoning) and sight reduction methods (using terrain and celestial observations) that will enable a warfighter to determine position when GPS is not available. The feasibility study results will determine what and how traditional land navigation techniques can be implemented on a cellular phone. A software architecture will define the Phase II integration into a commercial Android OS and Nett Warrior.
TARDEC awarded IS4S a Phase I SBIR to produce a Cruise Control Enhancement (CCE) for Tactical Wheeled Vehicles or commercial heavy trucks. This CCE will improve fuel efficiency of either single vehicles within a convoy, or the convoy as a whole by between 3 to 5%. The CCE parameters will be tunable to adapt to a variety of vehicle types and tactical environments. This technology has applications on commercial trucks in addition to Army Tactical Wheeled Vehicles. The CCE algorithms are applicable in commercial or DoD scenarios. In addition, this technology works equally well on human operated vehicles or various levels of autonomous ground vehicles.
IS4S was awarded a Phase I SBIR contract to improve inertial navigation on high dynamic flight systems. This effort will produce enhanced navigation algorithms for un-aided IMUs. These algorithms will allow missiles to more effectively navigate through the severe dynamics of a missile flight. The navigators will be generic and applicable to a wide range of missiles. The algorithm parameters will be tunable to adjust to particular missile and IMU systems. This technology has potential commercial applications on many missiles and other guided munitions. The algorithms will be demonstrated interfacing with hardware IMUs to show the feasibility of incorporating them into existing product lines. The enhanced navigators would also allow lower-cost IMUs to be used in systems while still maintaining the required navigation performance.