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Retractable UUV Antenna Buoy with Smart Tether GPS

Award Information

Department of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 08-194
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
KCF Technologies, Inc
336 South Fraser Street State College, PA 16801-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Retractable UUV Antenna Buoy with Smart Tether GPS
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-10-C-0107
Award Amount: $443,122.00


The primary purpose of the KCF Technologies Retractable UUV Antenna Buoy with Smart Tether GPS is to allow RF communication and GPS position update for a UUV without surfacing the vehicle. This can be done periodically by alternately surfacing and retracting the antenna, or the antenna can remain deployed while the UUV is operating, allowing constant communication during an operation. An additional benefit is the inclusion of the KCF's Smart Tether technology, which uses orientation sensors embedded in the antenna tether to perform an accurate shape calculation of the tether, thereby allowing a position correction to eliminate watch-circle error. Thus, when the antenna is deployed, the UUV position can be determined more accurately than is possible with GPS alone. The SBIR funding will be used to refine the design of the prototype fabricated during Phase I for 21" UUVs and to develop a compact design to be used in smaller UUVs. The SBIR funding will also be used to fabricate a fully-integrated prototype to be installed in a production UUV and demonstrated in a relevant environment.

Principal Investigator:

David Kraige
Senior Engineer

Business Contact:

Jeremy Frank
Small Business Information at Submission:

KCF Technologies, Inc
112 W. Foster Ave Suite 1 State College, PA 16801

EIN/Tax ID: 251879000
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No