Enhanced Riverine Drifter

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-10-M-0336
Agency Tracking Number: N10A-024-0468
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N10A-T024
Solicitation Number: 2010.A
Small Business Information
6800 Cortona Drive, Goleta, CA, 93117
DUNS: 054672662
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Eric Sandoz
 Analyst
 (805) 968-6787
 esandoz@toyon.com
Business Contact
 Marcella Lindbery
Title: Director of Finance
Phone: (805) 968-6787
Email: mlindbery@toyon.com
Research Institution
 Univ. of California, Santa Barbara
 Nancy R Lewis
 Office of Research
3227 Cheadle Hall
Santa Barbara, CA, 93106
 (805) 893-4036
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The Navy has need of assessing the river environment including bathymetry, flow velocity profile, and navigational obstructions. While improvements in measurement fidelity and reduction in cost have come about by the use of multiple drifters, measurement quality is lost due to convergent drifter trajectories, and cost/risk remains high due to personnel effort required for deployment. An autonomous river measurement system capable of self deployment and of detecting and evading collisions with floating debris is desired. Toyon proposes to assess the feasibility of its proposed Wapter autonomous system (water-helicopter): a combination of a ducted fan hovering UAV coupled with a unique multi functional trimaran hull well-suited to stream measurement.

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