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Development of a Micro-glider for Oceanographic Air-Sea Interaction Sampling

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-16-C-0378
Agency Tracking Number: N14A-020-0196
Amount: $374,708.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N14A-T020
Solicitation Number: 2014.0
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-09-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-09-25
Small Business Information
6370 Lusk Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92121
United States
DUNS: 965103448
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Fred Maas
 (800) 645-7114
Business Contact
 Fred Maas
Phone: (800) 645-7114
Research Institution
 Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
 Lou St. Laurent
266 Woods Hole Road
Woods Hole, MA 02543
United States

 (508) 289-2753
 Nonprofit College or University

This proposal is a collaborative effort between MRV Systems and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The goal is to develop a new, small, inexpensive autonomous vehicle to investigate mixed layer dynamics and turbulent mixing. The preliminary Phase I design, a Diagonally Operating Platform (DOP), is a profiling float with moveable fins. DOP will turn toward an intended direction within a few meters, be capable of making hydrographic, turbulence, and solar irradiance observations from the air-sea interface to several hundred meters. DOP costs 4-6 times less than a glider and costs the same as an Argo float. DOP vertical velocity is greater than gliders or floats, thus producing true vertical profiles. DOP represents an efficient single solution for stated objectives in this proposal. Onboard sensors include CTD, microstructure temperature and velocity shear probes, multi-band radiometer, 3-axis accelerometer, compass, GPS, and Iridium transceiver. We are confident the DOP will better match the three technical objectives of the STTR topic. Assuming earlier success, in Phase II, prototype vehicles would be manufactured and fully vetted in both laboratory and tank tests. MRV Systems existing technologies specialize in low-cost, fully capable underwater vehicles.

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