Development of an Adaptive / ML "Electronic Parachute" Recovery Function in a Run-Time-Assurance Architecture
Award last edited on: 9/26/2022

Sponsored Program
Awarding Agency
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Principal Investigator
Carl Dietrich

Company Information

Jump Aero Inc

1108 Whippoorwill Court
Petaluma, CA 94954
   (617) 216-4032

Research Institution

California Institute of Technology

Phase I

Contract Number: FA8649-21-P-0051
Start Date: 11/18/2020    Completed: 5/18/2021
Phase I year
Phase I Amount
Jump Aero has partnered with Caltech’s Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies (CAST) to move adaptive control and machine learning autonomy algorithms from the lab to the real world. We will accomplish this transition through an incremental crawl-walk-run process where the first crawl step involves a combination of certifiable hardware and a software architecture that is based on Run Time Assurance (RTA) with a certifiable System Monitor and an adaptive/ML recovery function developed at CAST.

Phase II

Contract Number: FA8649-22-P-0747
Start Date: 3/10/2022    Completed: 6/12/2023
Phase II year
Phase II Amount
Jump Aero Incorporated has partnered with Caltech to develop an “electronic parachute” recovery function in a Run-Time-Assurance architecture. This technology could improve the survivability of future fly-by-wire aircraft. This proposal seeks to extend the Phase I feasibility study work into a Phase II in which the system would be prototyped and flown for the first time. The capability embodied in the proposed system would be highly valued by the Air Force Research Laboratory in the context of the Skyborg and Agility Prime programs