KCF/PSU Smart Tether Retrofit Device for Localization of Tethered Bodies
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DOD / NAVY
A method is needed to measure the location of a submerged body relative to a tethered buoy. The initial defined Navy need for this technology is underwater unmanned vehicles used in mine identification and neutralization. Crawling vehicles require a 60-70 foot tether, while swimming vehicles require up to an 1800 foot tether. This creates a large error circle for localization of the tether. Our strategy is to develop a simple and robust device to sense the tether orientation, and couple this with a Smart Tether algorithm to provide watch circle correction in real time.
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Kcf Technologies, Inc.
119 S. Burrowes St.,Suite #605 State College, PA 16801
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PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV.
150A Hammond Building
University Park, PA 16802
Nonprofit college or university