Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Center
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This research involving collaboration between NPS and University of Alabama in Huntsville (Huntsville, AL) was funded by the U.S Army Special Operations Command. The main objective of this research was the development of a prototype of a miniature precision airdrop system to evaluate some advanced concepts in controlling single and multiple (during mass airdrop) autonomously guided parafoils. These concepts included building a peer-to-peer networking frame with multiple ADS being its nodes, achieving a pinpoint accuracy for a delivery of mission-critical payload, developing flocking and collision avoidance (deconfliction) capabilities, computing reachability sets to resupply detached units at multiple locations in a timely manner, using unpowered and powered parafoils in urban warfare and exploring capabilities of larger ADS to deliver and deploy the smaller ones.