Dynamic Control Surfaces for Extreme Maneuvers of UUVs

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-10-M-0053
Agency Tracking Number: N092-143-0539
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N092-143
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
500 West Cummings Park - Ste 3000, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 859244204
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Jovan Boscovic
 Group Leader, Auton. & In
 (781) 933-5355
 Jovan.Boskovic@ssci.com
Business Contact
 Jay Miselis
Title: Corporate Controller
Phone: (781) 933-5355
Email: contracts@ssci.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
By exploiting fish locomotion principles, we are going to address truly difficult control challenges such as station keeping under large perturbations, rapid maneuvering, and trajectory planning and tracking. The analysis of biological control surface design, composition, and capabilities will be applied to nautical vessels to enhance performance and maneuverability and reduce detection. We will study the optimal shape and size of the control surfaces to reduce drag and increase thrust. The trade-off between stability and maneuverability is also an important design factor. In collaboration with Prof. Michael Triantafyllou (MIT) and Prof. David Barret (Olin College) we will demonstrate our results on small UUVs in their state-of-the-art laboratories.

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