Real-time Mission And Path Planner (REMAPP)
Navy SBIR FY2013.1

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2013.1
Topic No.: N131-004
Topic Title: Real-time Mission And Path Planner (REMAPP)
Proposal No.: N131-004-0296
Firm: Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
9950 Wakeman Drive
Manassas, Virginia 20110
Contact: Sachin Jain
Phone: (617) 229-6812
Web Site:
Abstract: To maximize the strike effectiveness of multiple disparate manned and unmanned platforms' while minimizing the potential damage to the strike force from the defenders in a high threat environment, we propose to develop REal-time Mission And Path Planner (REMAPP) that will provide secure routes of ingress and egress to designated targets. The generated routes will provide the necessary coverage from radar detection, identification and acquisition by enemy air defense systems by using the aircrafts' active (e.g. self-protecting electronic countermeasures, standoff jammers, other SEAD measures) and passive techniques (terrain masking) of radar avoidance. Moreover, when a new threat is detected by on-board or off-board sensors, REMAPP will re-plan in real time increasing the survivability of the strike force. The proposed approach will be centered around Linear Temporal Logic (LTL) which is a very powerful specification language that provides a very natural way to model the rules of engagement and multi-platform coordination and Rapidly-Exploring Random Trees (RRTs) that are suitable for a real-time path planning in complex, high constrained environments. REMAPP will benefit from mission specifications expressed in very general forms, combining and recombining information to pursuit myriad purposes which is extremely important for dynamically changing environments such as pop-up threats.
Benefits: In addition to military applications, REMAPP will be of great significance in the areas of air traffic control, ship traffic control, unmanned vehicle deconfliction. REMAPP will replace or augment pilots performing dangerous and/or high precision tasks. Crop dusting and aerial firefighting involve aggressive maneuvering of airplanes at low altitudes in constrained and uncertain environments. Tight formation flying for drag reduction requires strongly coupled planning between vehicles and aggressive maneuvering for safety reasons. Using REMAPP for these applications has the potential to save lives and increase productivity. Furthermore, REMAPP will find several applications in the area of robotics: transport-related applications such as automated parking garages, and autonomous vehicles; the mining-related applications such as automated mine vehicles, and mine sensing, etc.