Resilient Mission Autonomy
Metron designs and develops custom Resilient Mission Autonomy™ software that fuses fault detection, diagnosis, prognosis and mitigation with mission requirements, priorities, and platform capabilities.Join Our Team
Metron’s autonomy ensures long-duration mission success by considering platform health, potential risks, and mission requirements to proactively anticipate and mitigate challenges the vehicle may encounter while underway.
From pre-mission planning, to expressive mission plan definitions, to onboard autonomous plan execution, to responding to changes with adaptive planning, Metron is focused on supporting the operator’s mission needs and requirements.
In environments where communications are either unavailable or risky, Metron’s autonomy ensures the vehicle can operate safely and complete the mission independently from human operators using intelligent and autonomous decision making.
Autonomous and Unmanned System Capabilities
Metron develops technologies to increase the reliability and longevity of unmanned vehicles in some the world’s most demanding environments, on some of the most complex of missions via improved prognostics, intelligent planning, and adaptive decision making. Health status monitoring enables preventive maintenance, increases operational availability, reduces sustainment costs, and minimizes critical mission failures via automated detection of anomalous behaviors and prediction of faults before they occur. When combined with intelligent and adaptive risk-aware planning, such as generation of travel routes that consider physical risk and adaptation of tasks plans to unanticipated conditions, Metron minimizes vehicle and mission risks.
Metron develops tools that enable adaptive autonomous decision making for complex and long-duration missions. Metron’s autonomous vehicle philosophy, which includes the principles of utility, reliability, and adaptability, guides Metron to create solutions for autonomous vehicles that endure and make decisions without relying on communications with human operators. Metron’s capabilities for autonomous planning and replanning in situ enable a ‘deploy and forget’ autonomy.
Metron develops tools that enable autonomous systems to process sensor data to make flexible planning decisions and understand their environment. Metron specializes in designing systems that move from endless streams of raw data to perception, which transforms sensor observations into a useful characterization of the operating environment, and action. Metron’s autonomous perception products adapt to provide tailored information, or perspective, targeted to mission tasks, all without a human in the loop.
To develop advanced autonomy that is robust and reliable, Metron uses models, simulations, and virtual testbeds as we develop new concepts, evaluate performance, and test software. We model the physical dynamics of the vehicle, the sensors which provide the vehicle an understanding of its environment, and the environment itself to varying levels of fidelity to give us an understanding of how the vehicle will behave in given scenarios and the autonomy’s functionality prior to real world testing.
Active and Recent Autonomous Systems Programs
Metron’s groundbreaking work enables autonomous vehicles in the most extreme environments: from remote ground locations to coastal waters to the deepest seas.
- ONR Advanced Undersea Mission Autonomy (AUMA)
- DARPA TTO Angler
- DARPA TTO Manta Ray
- ONR Large Diameter Underwater Vehicle Innovative Naval Prototype
- Metron ANCC Autonomy
- PUMBA SBIR for the US Army
- DARPA TTO No Manning Required, Ship (NOMARS)
- Threat Avoidance Planning and Response SBIR for the US Navy (PMS 406)
- Systems Health Monitoring SBIR for for the US Navy (PMS 406/PMS 420)
- NASA Mission-Informed Fault Management
Autonomy Career Opportunities
At Metron, experts in autonomy and robotics are overcoming challenges in the field of unmanned vehicle by designing impactful solutions for decision systems, vehicle health monitoring, simulators, and autonomous navigation.