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Compact, lightweight sensor handling system for unmanned vehicles

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
82461
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N063-186-0083
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Infoscitex Corporation
303 Bear Hill Road Waltham, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Compact, lightweight sensor handling system for unmanned vehicles
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N65538-07-M-0128
Award Amount: $69,999.00
 

Abstract:

Underwater vehicles operating in littoral waters face formidable challenges - the shallow waters and relatively high currents present in these regions necessitate a compact vehicle with a considerable amount of internal space and energy devoted to propulsion. Many sensors operate best when somewhat removed from the main chassis of the UUV, necessitating a system by which to pay them out and reliably reel them back that uses a minimal amount of space and energy. Infoscitex' proposed system utilizes a novel winding mechanism to keep the cable in as tight a configuration as possible while providing smooth handling for the sensors and preventing snags. Our system can be mounted almost anywhere in a vehicle, but most importantly it can be mounted between the propulsion and electronics modules, as commonly arranged in UUVs. Our cable encompasses both fiber optic and standard metal conduits for high data transfer rates and maximal power transfer, and is strong enough to adequately handle towed sensor arrays without requiring secondary cabling.

Principal Investigator:

Anna M. Galea
Manager, Biomed. & Roboti
7818901338
agalea@infoscitex.com

Business Contact:

William F. Thompson
Contracts Manager
7818901338
bthompson@infoscitex.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

INFOSCITEX CORP.
303 Bear Hill Road Waltham, MA 02451

EIN/Tax ID: 043537120
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No