Mission-Aware Payloads for Unmanned Platforms

Period of Performance: 01/01/2013 - 12/31/2013


Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Sentix, LLC
801 Sycolin Road, Suite 306
Leesburg, VA 20175
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

Brigham Young University
A-285 ASB
Provo, UT 84602
Institution POC


Sentix and Brigham Young University propose the research and development of embedded payload intelligence for inflight optimization of surveillance, reconnaissance, and scientific missions. The current proposal leverages a substantial body of scientific and experimental knowledge derived from the Tactical Seeability?System developed by Sentix' staff and BYU researchers to provide fully automated, optimal optical sensing over rugged 3D terrain. Discriminating features of our target capability include the following: 1.) A modular, sensor and platform agnostic framework for preflight and inflight modeling and optimization of performance in data acquisition missions, 2.) Mission impact modeling relating sensor payload configuration (states) to "sensing value" for the mission. 3.) An optimizer for the configuration of the aircraft and payload. 4.) An online estimator of current mission impact arising from the actual, achieved sensing, which can be used to inform a re-planning process for corrections to flight trajectories and payload configuration.