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Autonomous Hull Inspection

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
87836
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N082-182-1057
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
SeaRobotics Corporation
1030 Shady Lakes Circle Palm Beach Gardens, FL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Autonomous Hull Inspection
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N65538-08-M-0158
Award Amount: $69,972.00
 

Abstract:

This proposal meets the goals of the solicitation topic N08-182 through the leveraging of technology already developed with funding from the ONR and direction of the NAVSEA Carderock Division Naval Surface Warfare Center. Through the use of the existing HullBUG platform combined with third party sensor systems, a comprehensive autonomous inspection system may be developed in a relatively short period of time that is cost effective. The HullBUG vehicle is a small (<30kg) tethered or tetherless vehicle that crawls on the underwater surface of a ship. The vehicle stays attached to the ship using a patented non-contact negative pressure device and uses soft rubber tires that do not mar or scratch the hull coating. Ship hull inspection with the HullBUG and the sensor suite allows for the assessment of the hull structure, investigation into corrosion, determination of the level of biofouling and the discovery of objects or threats that may have been attached to the hull by hostile parties. The system proposed herein provides the platform and the sensing technologies for accomplishing inspections while at sea or while moored in port.

Principal Investigator:

Kenneth Holappa
Sr Researcher
5616272676
kholappa@searobotics.com

Business Contact:

Donald Darling
President
5616272676
ddarling@searobotics.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SEAROBOTICS CORP.
15852 Mercantile Court Suite 2 Jupiter, FL 33478

EIN/Tax ID: 582537508
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No