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Autonomous Navigation for the Hull Bug Ship Hull Grooming System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-18-C-0414
Agency Tracking Number: N18A-020-0181
Amount: $124,896.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N18A-T020
Solicitation Number: 2018.0
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-06-04
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-12-04
Small Business Information
7765 SW Ellipse Way
Stuart, FL 34997
United States
DUNS: 123680329
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Donald Darling
 (772) 742-3700
Business Contact
 Donald Darling
Phone: (772) 742-3700
Research Institution
 Stevens Institute of Technology
 Donald Darling
1 Castle Point Terrace
Hoboken, FL 07030
United States

 (772) 742-0301
 Nonprofit College or University

The underpinning science and sensing associated with autonomous navigation is advancing on numerous fronts. The navigation capability required for ship hull grooming in a low visibility environment is a natural application of this technology. Enormous benefit will be realized in the public and private sectors of the shipping industry. The economic and environmental impact realized using proactive ship hull grooming will benefit society through reduced fuel cost, reduced greenhouse gas emission, and reduction in the transport of aquatic invasive species. The process of autonomously navigating a crawler on a ship hull will take advantage of the constrained nature of this motion and the closed form surface of the hull. Inertial, acoustic, and optical sensors will support the application of simultaneous localization and mapping methods (SLAM) optimized for this sparse feature environment. Methods of initial mission planning, and re-routing when confronted by obstacles, will allow for the grooming of an unknown hull. The results of the initial grooming will provide a baseline model of the hull for further review and mission planning, which will be utilized in the numerous future grooming cycles on that hull.

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