TechConnect Innovation Program

Low-Altitude Laser Altimeter to Assist UAV Autolanding

The University of Kansas, KS, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

A lightweight, laser-based sensor system that augments an onboard autopilot with accurate altitude and attitude measurements, enabling automated landing of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Primary Application Area: Defense & Transportation

Technology Development Status: Concept

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 3

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: During the landing approach, a UAV requires accurate real-time (low-latency) data regarding its height above and attitude relative to the local terrain. This invention provides these measurements, enabling autopilot-controlled landing on an uninstrumented, unsurveyed planar landing strip.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

Showcase Booth #: 13M

Website: http://kuic.ku.edu/

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date:

Primary Sources of Funding: University

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners