The Autonomous Planning and Replanning (AutoPRep) tool plans safe and efficient routes by considering risk instead of treating airspace volumes as binary (okay/not-okay). AutoPRep weighs routing advantages and disadvantages by factoring population, land use, airspace, vehicle performance, failure modes and emergency procedures to estimate risk imposed by occupying any location in 3D airspace, resulting in safer and more efficient flight paths. Barron Associates is a research and development firm with nearly 40 years of experience developing intelligent modeling and control approaches for complex, safety-critical, and autonomous systems, and a history of successfully transitioning advanced technologies. Targeted platforms include MQ-4 Triton, MQ-25 Stingray, and MQ-8 Fire Scout. The goal is to produce as a stand-alone tool or integrate into government or prime contractor mission planning tools.
Advanced outer-loop algorithms are currently under development that allow rapid replanning based on changing mission requirements and environmental factors, enabling tighter integration between manned and unmanned vehicles. The greatest obstacle to the operational use of such algorithms is the lack of methodologies to assess algorithm performance during the certification process. INSPECT is a software tool that enables analysts to answer the question: does an algorithm meet Navy requirements? By automating simulation-based testing, INSPECT requires minimal human intervention -- saving time and money. The INSPECT tool will efficiently determine both worst-case and expected performance over the set of expected operating conditions, even in presence of nondeterministic and discontinuous behavior. The ultimate goal is to work with the Navy to certify new autonomous capabilities on unmanned platforms.