4D Avionic Systems Awarded Competitive Grant from the National Science Foundation

4D Avionic Systems has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $255,994 to conduct research and development (R&D) work on a 4D Flightpath-Based Autonomous Separation Assurance Systems (ASAS).

The goal of this project is to produce a functioning proof-of-concept demonstration of an autonomous aircraft and airspace management and control system for Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) class of air vehicles. Using a 4D analytic flight path model, the research done under this grant explores the ability of aircraft to operate autonomously while ensuring the airspace remains safely deconflicted.

“NSF is proud to support the technology of the future by thinking beyond incremental developments and funding the most creative, impactful ideas across all markets and areas of science and engineering,” said Andrea Belz, Division Director of the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships at NSF. “With the support of our research funds, any deep technology startup or small business can guide basic science into meaningful solutions that address tremendous needs.”

“We are pleased that the NSF has awarded our company this grant,” said Dr. J Garth Thompson, President of 4D Avionic Systems. “Advanced Air Mobility is an emerging field of aviation that includes a variety of air vehicle types that will provide diverse services to our communities. Our 4D ‘SafeAir’ system will ensure that they do so safely.”

Once a small business is awarded a Phase I SBIR/STTR grant (up to $256,000), it becomes eligible to apply for a Phase II (up to $1,000,000). Small businesses with Phase II funding are eligible to receive up to $500,000 in additional matching funds with qualifying third-party investment or sales.

Startups or entrepreneurs who submit a three-page Project Pitch will know within one month if they meet the program’s objectives to support innovative technologies that show promise of commercial and/or societal impact and involve a level of technical risk. Small businesses with innovative science and technology solutions, and commercial potential are encouraged to apply. All proposals submitted to the NSF SBIR/STTR program, also known as America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF, undergo a rigorous merit-based review process. To learn more about America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF, visit: https://seedfund.nsf.gov/

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