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Tanker Survey Vehicle

Award Information

Department of Homeland Security
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Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Progeny Systems Corporation
9500 Innovation Drive Manassas, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Tanker Survey Vehicle
Agency: DHS
Contract: NBCHC090048
Award Amount: $99,720.00


The Department of Homeland Security is responsible for maintaining the integrity of our borders and preventing attacks within our country through the use of trade and immigration laws coupled with various tools to monitor for the threat of illegal cross-border activity. This includes numerous points of entry over land, air, and sea. As the threat grows increasingly sophisticated and innovative, so, too, must the tools that monitor those points of entry. One weakness in particular involves tanks filled with fluid in commercial shipping vessels. These areas are not easily searched without offloading content which can be costly, time consuming. Progeny Systems Corporation proposes to perform a detailed system engineering analysis to clearly define the requirements for a tanker survey vehicle and user interface. The requirements analysis will include definition of tankers and the liquids that they carry and define the user interface. Our conceptual autonomous vehicle will be light weight and agile to freely move within the tank and survey the tank for targets. We will incorporate imaging sonar onto the tanker survey vehicle with on-board image processing and detection algorithms to identify anomalies for the user.

Principal Investigator:

John Thornton

Business Contact:

Christine Sigety
Small Business Information at Submission:

Progeny Systems Corporation
9500 Innovation Drive Manassas, VA 20110

EIN/Tax ID: 541766108
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No