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Underwater Sensor System Autonomous Burial and Operation

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2011 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc.
P.O. Box 1206 Kailua, HI -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Underwater Sensor System Autonomous Burial and Operation
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-11-M-0306
Award Amount: $150,000.00


In coordination with the SPAWAR Systems Center, San Diego, Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc. proposes to develop an autonomous Array Burial Vehicle (ABV) to install U.S. surveillance arrays. The proposed work focuses on: (a) developing an overall vehicle concept for an autonomous vehicle that will install and bury an underwater sensor array to protect it against fishing threats, (b) performing analytical and experimental analysis of critical elements of the installation and burial system to characterize the physical limits and trade-offs of the system proposed, and (c) providing convincing support of the feasibility of the proposed conceptual design, integration techniques, installation method and approximate cost. Makai"s innovative use of water jetting technology in the ABV substantially decreases the power requirements when compared to conventional plowing techniques. The jetting components, which are small in size and consume low amounts of power, will be incorporated into a light weight"torpedo shape"vehicle. The light weight ABV will help minimize the propulsion requirements, further decreasing component sizes and overall cost. The ABV will be more manageable and easily deployed from a variety of platforms, allowing the Navy to deploy arrays in softer soils and steeper slopes than those that can be achieved with conventional plows.

Principal Investigator:

Jose Andres
(808) 259-8871

Business Contact:

Reb Bellinger
Vice President
(808) 259-8871
Small Business Information at Submission:

Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc.
P.O. Box 1206 Kailua, HI 96734-1206

EIN/Tax ID: 990156276
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Hawaii at Manoa
2450 Dole St.,
Holmes Hall 302
Honolulu, HI 96822-
Contact: Brian Bingham
Contact Phone: (808) 956-7597