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Hybrid Unmanned Air / Underwater Vehicle for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and Mine Countermeasures (MCM)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-16-P-3042
Agency Tracking Number: N16A-025-0112
Amount: $79,914.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N16A-T025
Solicitation Number: 2016.0
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-07-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-05-10
Small Business Information
34 Davis Avenue, Unit 3
Brookline, MA 02445
United States
DUNS: 080122698
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Rob Knochenhauer
 (978) 551-5377
Business Contact
 Joel Pedlikin
Phone: (617) 633-4919
Research Institution
 University of Maryland
 Jamila Rattler
3112 Lee Building
College Park, MD 20742
United States

 (301) 405-0530
 Nonprofit College or University

A particularly challenging task for the US Navy today is that of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) of underwater mines; the Mine Countermeasures (MCM) mission. The semi-submersible Remote Multi-Mission Vehicle (RMMV) has emerged as an unmanned solution to handle MCM missions. While the RMMV is groundbreaking, the basis of the technology is a relatively slow-moving watercraft.GreenSight Agronomics, teamed with the University of Maryland (UMD), is pleased to present a pathway to develop a Hybrid Unmanned Air/Underwater Vehicle (HUA/UV) system that meets the goal of the solicitation. The proposed HUA/UV will be capable of quickly traveling in the air from a long standoff distance to an Area of Operations, transition into the water to conduct evaluation and neutralization of underwater mines and finally transition back into the air and return to base. To accomplish this goal, GreenSight will leverage the partnership with UMD to characterize the fundamental physics of the propulsion system traversing the air/water boundary and utilize that information to develop optimized flight stabilization algorithms which will allow the HUA/UV to easily traverse the air/water interface. Additionally, the team will work with the ONR sponsor to define the most appropriate payload suite to accomplish the underwater EOD and MCM mission

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