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Shallow Water and Surf Zone Minehunting (MAD Swarm)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-18-C-0278
Agency Tracking Number: F08A-008-0091a
Amount: $993,985.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF08-T008
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-06-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-06-10
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 James M Glynn
 Area Manager, Marine Technologies
 (978) 738-8237
Business Contact
 David Weatherby
Phone: (978) 738-8107
Research Institution
 University of New Hampshire
 Kristen Bellio Kristen Bellio
51 College Road
Durham, NH 03824
United States

 (603) 862-4865
 Nonprofit College or University

The Shallow Water and Surf Zone Minehunting program (MAD SWARM) is described that spans the development and demonstration of swarming micro-air vehicles (MAV’s) equipped with Magnetic Anomaly Detectors (MAD’s) to autonomously detect and locate mine targets in shallow water and the surf zone. The MAD Swarm system incorporates low cost micro-air vehicle (MAV) technology, swarming sensor search/control theory, and low cost, high performance 3-axis flux gate magnetometers. The program objective is to demonstrate the search rate, probability of detection, false alarm reduction, and localization advantages of swarming small Unmanned Air Systems (sUAS) equipped with integral Magnetic Anomaly Detection (MAD) sensors for autonomous shallow water and surf zone minehunting. The key innovations of the MAD SWARM program are the integration of high performance magnetometers, low-cost quad-rotor drones, and swarm communications and collaborative controls to sense, share, and locate magnetic anomaly sites for subsequent prosecution. The MAD Swarm program concludes with a Shallow Water and Surf Zone Minehunting field demonstration, and transition to the AN/AES-1 ALMDS program, with future insertions into the COBRA and Barracuda programs.

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