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Tethered Antennas for Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs)

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
87856
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N082-194-0262
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Adaptive Methods, Inc
5860 Trinity Parkway Suite 200 Centreville, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Tethered Antennas for Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs)
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-09-M-0041
Award Amount: $69,757.00
 

Abstract:

When submerged, unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) have difficulty with navigation and communication: inertial navigation systems can be used but they are subject to drift the longer the unit remains below; communications are limited to low bandwidth acoustics or wiring back to another vessel or shore platform. A tethered antenna system which allowed RF antennas to remain above water but connected to a UUV below could provide a bi-directional, high data rate link to a nearby vessel or shore platform as well as GPS coordinate data for more precise navigation. A concept and implementation plan for a buoyant, tethered antenna system is discussed in this proposal. Key features include a hydro-dynamically stable surface platform with minimal drag and weight for RF antennas, low cost commercial electronics providing 802.11 wireless communications and GPS data to the UUV, and a strong yet small, lightweight tethered cable capable of reeling the system between the UUV and the surface.

Principal Investigator:

Jim Wiggins
Senior Engineer
3018409722
jwiggins@adaptivemethods.com

Business Contact:

Judy Barhorst
Director of Contracts
7039688040
jbarhorst@adaptivemethods.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ADAPTIVE METHODS, INC.
5885 Trinity Parkway Suite 230 Centreville, VA 20120

EIN/Tax ID: 520970306
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No