Subsidy Tracker Individual Entry

Company: 
BALL AEROSPACE & TECHNOLOGIES CORP.
Parent Company: 
Ball Corp.
Subsidy Source: 
federal
State in Which Facility Is Located: 
Colorado
Project Description: 

THE INCREASING IMPORTANCE OF DISTRIBUTED SPACE-BASED SENSOR SYSTEMS HAS LED TO EXCITING DEVELOPMENTS IN LARGE-SCALE DATA EXTRACTION SOFTWARE AND SYNTHESIS OF COMPLEX DATA PRODUCTS. IN PARTICULAR THIS HAS PUSHED THE DEVELOPMENT OF SENSOR WEB SOFTWARE TO COORDINATE THE DATA COLLECTION PROCESS. WHAT IS NOT WELL-DEVELOPED IS THE LOCAL (OR FLIGHT) SOFTWARE FOR FAST CONTROL OF SYSTEMS WITH MANY DEGREES OF FREEDOM. TWO EXAMPLES OF SUCH SYSTEMS ARE THE NEWLY DEVELOPED ELECTRONICALLY STEERABLE FLASH LIDAR (ESFL) AND TIGHT FORMATION FLYING CONTROL OF FUTURE CUBESAT MISSIONS. WE PROPOSE A LOCAL MULTI-LAYERED CONTROL SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE WHICH COMMUNICATES WITH THE HIGHER LEVEL SOFTWARE LAYERS. THE LOCAL CONTROL IS BASED UPON AN ARCHITECTURE KNOWN AS MODEL PREDICTIVE CONTROL (MPC). MPC HAS FOUND USE IN MANY DIFFERENT COMPLEX SYSTEMS WHERE THE CONTROLLED SYSTEM IS CHARACTERIZED AS MULTIVARIABLE WITH MULTIPLE CONSTRAINTS AND POSSIBLY NONLINEAR. THESE INCLUDE ROBOTIC VISION SYSTEMS CHEMICAL PROCESSING AND HAS BEEN PROPOSED FOR QUAD-ROTOR AND FORMATION FLYING SPACECRAFT. MPC OPTIMIZES THE DATA COLLECTION AT EACH TIME STEP FROM HIGHER LEVEL CONSTRAINTS AND COMMANDS AND IS ENABLED BY THE INCREASED COMPUTATIONAL POWER NOW AVAILABLE IN FPGA IMPLEMENTATIONS. WE PROPOSE TO DEVELOP THE MPC ARCHITECTURE FOR ESFL AND USE MODELS TO VERIFY IT S CAPABILITY FROM SYNTHETIC SCENES AND FUSION WITH OTHER SENSORS. ESFL HAS POTENTIALLY HUNDREDS OF INDIVIDUALLY STEERABLE LASER BEAMLETS AND WHEN COMBINED WITH OTHER SENSOR POSES A LARGE OPTIMIZATION PROBLEM WELL SUITED TO THE MPC APPROACH. THE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPED UNDER THIS EFFORT IS APPLICABLE TO FORMATION FLYING SYSTEMS ALSO.

Year: 
2018
Major Industry of Parent: 
paper and packaging
Specific Industry of Parent: 
packaging
Subsidy Value: 
$977,565
Program Name: 
NASA Science Grants
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance code: 
43.001
Awarding Agency: 
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Type of Subsidy: 
federal grant
Source of Data: 
Notes: 

Year is fiscal year.

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