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Multi-Agent Management System (MAMS) for Air-Launched, Unmanned Vehicles

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2013 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Area I, Inc
1590 N Roberts Rd Suite 102 Kennesaw, GA 30144-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Multi-Agent Management System (MAMS) for Air-Launched, Unmanned Vehicles
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX13CL44P
Award Amount: $124,783.00


The main goal of this work is to design, implement, and demonstrate a guidance and mission planning toolbox for air-launched, unmanned systems, such as guided dropsondes, sonobuoys, or surveillance aircraft, with the primary goal of enabling users to more effectively achieve mission goals by enabling multi-agent interaction and cooperation. Typical missions that will benefit from the MAMS include those where multiple unmanned vehicles are launched from one or more mother aircraft: for example atmospheric research missions making use of many guided dropsondes, missions distributing a fleet of sonobuoys, or surveillance missions requiring multiple UAVs to patrol a given area. As new vehicles are introduced to the environment (launched from the mother aircraft), or as new areas of interest arise, the MAMS will utilize a distributed network method for adjusting the fleet vehicles' trajectories to maximize the mission effectiveness.

Principal Investigator:

Daniel Kuehme
Aerospace Engineer

Business Contact:

Nicholas Alley
Small Business Information at Submission:

Area-I, Inc.
1590 North Roberts Road, Suite 203 Kennesaw, GA 30144-3636

EIN/Tax ID: 264000341
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No