Awards

$70K

Rapidly Deployable Display with Continuous Self-Correction

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: University of Kentucky

Agency: Navy
Topic: N07-T003
Budget: 08/17/07 - 06/17/08
PI: Dr. Milton Chen

We will develop novel algorithms and hardware to support multi-projector display that can display any content on anywhere at anytime. Key to the innovations is to use computer vision algorithms to provide closed-loop control. That is, a camera is used to observe the setup and automatically estimate (calibrate) the necessary adjustments needed t...

$69.9K

UUV Surface-Based Capture and Deployment (U-SCAD)

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: University of Kentucky

Agency: Navy
Topic: N07-T037
Budget: 07/18/07 - 05/18/08
PI: Mr. Anthony Hays

The capability to deploy, maintain, and retrieve a network of small unmanned underwater vehicles from an unmanned surface craft is a vital missing link for the Navy as it increases its reliance on unmanned vehicles for littoral, minesweeping and other operations. To this end, Michigan Aerospace Corporation, in partnership with the University of ...

$99K

Visual Odometry and Automatic 3D Model Construction for MAVs

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: University of Kentucky

Agency: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Topic: ST051-003
Budget: 08/18/05 - 10/17/06
PI: Mr. Paul Gelhausen

We propose to commercialize the real-time visual odometry and automatic 3D model construction method developed by David Nister for use on Micro Air Vehicles. The system will be developed for the Honeywell MAV and tested on that platform. The front end of the system is a feature tracker. Point features are matched between pairs of frames and l...

$70K

Reconfigurable, Compact Conformal Antennas on Flexible Substrates

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: University of Kentucky

Agency: Navy
Topic: N04-T006
Budget: 07/01/04 - 04/30/05
PI: Dr. Bradley Davis

This Phase I STTR program proposes to investigate the feasibility of constructing a reconfigurable antenna on a custom substrate. To this end, we propose to investigate a promising method by which the antenna's elements can be remotely interconnected. Additionally, NanoSonic's unique material methods will be applied to create antenna elements on...

$100K

Real-Time Range Sensing Video Camera for Human/Robot Interfacing

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: University of Kentucky

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 04-1
Budget: 01/01/04 - 12/31/04
PI: Laurence Hassebrook

In comparison to stereovision, it is well known that structured-light illumination has distinct advantages including the use of only one camera, being significantly less sensitive to background clutter, and not requiring the target object to have nonambiguous features. But because structured-light illumination requires a scanning process, it is ...

$98.9K

Exploitation of Nonlinear Wave Phenomena in Sensing and Communication

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: University of Kentucky

Agency: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Topic: ST021-003
Budget: 06/24/02 - 08/25/03
PI: Mr. Ernest Seagraves

Fundamental defense applications ranging from communications to remote sensing systems exploit the information content of acoustic electromagnetic signals and waves. In practice, both intentional and unintentional nonlinear interactions play significant performance determining roles in the systems responsible for generation, transmission, recep...

$100K

Carbon Sails for Gossamer Spacecraft Attitude Control

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: University of Kentucky

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 01-1
Budget: 01/01/01 - 12/31/01
PI: Dr. Timothy R. Knowles

It is well known that light and other electromagnetic radiation can exert pressure on matter, which is the basis for photon sail propulsion. Less well known is that light can also exert controlled torque and in-plane tension on sails that have suitable electromagnetic properties. Although these effects are potentially effective aids to deploymen...

$100K

An Intermittency Transport Model for Practical CFD Designs of High Speed Vehicles

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: University of Kentucky

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 01-1
Budget: 01/01/01 - 12/31/01
PI: Dr. Chung-Jen Tam

This proposed research is to present a general CFD subroutine for predicting flow transitions in hypersonic regimes. The subroutine makes use of an intermittency transport equation to describe the behavior of the flow transition, and is therefore compatible with existing CFD codes. The proposed model solves an additional transport equation for t...

$100K

High-Resolution, Non-Contacting, Active Control Piezoelectric Membrane Space Relectors

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: University of Kentucky

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 99-1
Budget: 01/01/99 - 12/31/99
PI: Unavailable

$85.5K

Jet-Spray Impingement Cooling of Power Electronics on Leland VSCFs Generators

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: University of Kentucky

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF94T001
Budget: 06/23/94 - 06/23/95
PI: Victor B. Bonneau

Currently, the variable speed constant frequency generators (VSCFG) developed at Leland Electrosystems, Inc., provide approximately 40 with the introduction of the More Electric Aircraft (MEA), the dem on the generator will rise to 65 KVA and above. The current limit 40 KVA on the genertor is partially due to the fact that the temperature on th...

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