Near Earth Autonomy advances UAS flight safety with NASA award

Near Earth Autonomy has received an award through NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to support NASA´s mission to introduce unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the National Airspace (NAS), the company said.

Under this award, Near Earth will develop and demonstrate technologies that enable safe unmanned aircraft (UA) operation in the case of unexpected contingency situations. The SBIR award is in partnership with NASA Langley Research Center.

UAS have the potential to provide efficient solutions for tasks such as surveying crop fields, inspecting large structures, and delivering packages and cargo; as well as taking on tasks such as fire-fighting and search and rescue. Under the NASA award, Near Earth is developing an Autonomous Contingency System (ACS) that will provide the UA the ability to deal with wind disturbances, loss of power, and engine and sensor failures. The ACS will be a fully autonomous system that can discover and adapt to changes in unpredictable environments, while accomplishing the mission goals, with minimal or no human involvement.

Near Earth Autonomy provides autonomous solutions for unmanned aircraft ranging in scale from sub-meter to full scale autonomously inspect, map, survey and transport. Near Earth is a privately held, spin-off from Carnegie Mellon University.