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Marine Environment Deployment of Undersea Sensor Arrays (MEDUSA)

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
82653
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N071-070-1106
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Tethers Unlimited, Inc.
11711 N. Creek Pkwy S., Suite D113 Bothell, WA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Marine Environment Deployment of Undersea Sensor Arrays (MEDUSA)
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-07-M-0259
Award Amount: $69,978.00
 

Abstract:

Rapid deployment of sensor arrays into deep sea and littoral environments requires reliable mechanisms and payload packaging in order to ensure proper placement and longevity. Additionally, sensor networks require reliable, repeatable coverage areas and spacing. The methods of achieving this can change depending on whether the sensors are deployed singly or as part of a multi-sensor system. TUI proposes to develop two prototype underwater sensor deployment systems, one for individual sensor payload deployment for use in creating distributed networks by deploying individual payloads in desired locations, and one for multiple payload deployment for creating sensor networks by deploying a single package that then autonomously deploys multiple sensor payloads. These systems can be deployed by several means, including air drop, from a submarine's three inch launcher, or via hydro-casting from a surface vessel. Both deployment systems can provide an optical fiber link from the sensor package to a buoy to enable either RF transmission of the sensor data or data logging by a retrievable package. The proposed Marine Environment Deployment of Undersea Sensor Arrays (MEDUSA) system will provide the Navy with a low-cost, reliable, and effective means of rapidly deploying arrays of sensors in the deep see and littoral environments.

Principal Investigator:

Scott Frank
Senior Mechanical Engineer
4254860100
frank@tethers.com

Business Contact:

Robert Hoyt
CEO
4254860100
hoyt@tethers.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

TETHERS UNLIMITED, INC.
11711 N. Creek Pkwy S., Suite D113 Bothell, WA 98011

EIN/Tax ID: 911834561
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No