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Enhanced Riverine Drifter

Award Information

Department of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 10T024
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Oceanscience Group
4129 Avenida de la Plata Oceanside, CA 92056
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Enhanced Riverine Drifter
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-10-M-0331
Award Amount: $70,000.00


Existing riverine drifters are passive devices designed to capture, store and transmit river flow and bathymetry information. Problems inherent with passively drifting devices include the inability to maintain uniform cross-stream spatial coverage and lost drifters due to unintentional grounding and entanglement with various hazards present in a typical river environment. This proposal outlines a path to explore hardware and software solutions to improve overall system performance associated with the deployment of a small swarm of "intelligent" drifters. Modifications including propulsion, steering, river boundary detection and swarm navigation are presented and discussed. By leveraging this team's extensive experience with the design, fabrication and operation of remotely operated and autonomous marine vehicles, a systematic approach to evaluating all available commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and software solutions is presented. Improved deployment efficiency will be gained through better spatial coverage due to an ability to rely on inter-nodal range detection and cluster navigation achieved through complex swarm behaviors as previously employed by this team on other autonomous marine platforms.

Principal Investigator:

Jochen Klinke
Senior Scientist

Business Contact:

Ronald George
Small Business Information at Submission:

Oceanscience Group
4129 Avenida de la Plata Oceanside, CA 92056

EIN/Tax ID: 330806919
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Massachusetts Inst. of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Building E19-750
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
Contact: Henrik Schmidt
Contact Phone: 6172535727