SSCI awarded NASA contracts for development and testing of advanced aerospace controls and UAV systems capabilities.

November 16, 2015 by  

Scientific Systems Company, Inc. (SSCI) announces the recent award of multiple NASA advanced technology development programs in flexible-wing controls for drag minimization, sense-and-avoid analysis tools, and automated rendezvous and docking.

For Immediate Release – November 16, 2015

Scientific Systems Company, Inc. (SSCI) announces it has been awarded new Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for development and testing of advanced aerospace controls and unmanned aerial vehicle systems capabilities. Under the DIRECT (Drag Identification & Reduction Technology) program, SSCI is developing a performance-seeking control strategy for drag minimization for aircraft with flexible wings and innovative flight control surfaces. The approach will be tested in 2016 in a wind tunnel at the University of Washington Aeronautical Laboratory.

Under the ASPECT (Automated System-level Performance Evaluation & Characterization Tool) program, SSCI is developing a versatile tool under which Sense and Avoid (SAA) systems can be effectively tested under realistic conditions encountered in the National Airspace System (NAS). The tool consists of fast-time simulation employing a model of typical NAS encounters, sensor fusion module fusing the visual and radar information in the absence of ADS-B, threat assessment module, and collision avoidance module. The tool can also be used to develop component and system-level requirements for SAA systems.

Under the GUARD (Generalized gUidance, Navigation & Control Architecture for Reusable Development) program, SSCI in collaboration with University of Washington, is developing reusable GNC software for diverse close proximity operation scenarios. Applications include autonomous rendezvous and docking for low-earth orbiting spacecraft; rover docking with a planetary habitat; and UAV performing a precise lifting operation. The docking application will be hardware tested at Olin College, while the flight tests for the UAV application will be carried out at University of Washington.

Dr. Raman Mehra, founder and CEO of SSCI notes “Our products provide the brains and nervous systems for unmanned vehicles to operate autonomously and accomplish their missions in difficult environments.” These NASA programs are examples of SSCI’s focus on developing advanced aerospace and autonomy technologies to support hazardous and challenging missions.

About Scientific Systems Company Inc.

Since 1976 Scientific Systems Company Inc. (SSCI) has engineered intelligent control systems for defense and commercial applications. SSCI is a leading innovator performing research and technology development for various NASA and US DoD agencies. SSCI is a provider of mission planning software, image-based navigation systems for GPS-denied operations, unmanned system’s autonomy, and developer of mine detection systems for the U.S. Army. For more information, contact SSCI at (781) 933-5355 or


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