Mitigation of USV Motions via Wave Sensing and Prediction

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-10-M-0277
Agency Tracking Number: N10A-036-0764
Amount: $69,931.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N10A-T036
Solicitation Number: 2010.A
Small Business Information
135 E. Ortega Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
DUNS: 362223463
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Roger Stettner
 (805) 966-3331
Business Contact
 Roger Stettner
Title: President
Phone: (805) 966-3331
Research Institution
 University Rhode Island
 St,phan T Grilli
 Department of Ocean Engineerin
Narragansett,, RI, 2882
 (401) 874-6636
 Nonprofit college or university
Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc. (ASC) has teamed with the Department of Ocean Engineering at The University of Rhode Island to devise a sensor suite and computer algorithm to predict ocean waves to aid autonomous boat navigation in heavy weather. The centerpiece of the sensor suite is a Lidar designed by ASC that is adapted to image the ocean at glancing angles. It’s ability to acquire a 3D snapshot of an entire scene rather than scan the scene pixel by pixel will provide more accurate data on a wave tossed boat than conventional scanning Lidars. A simple algorithm to predict the waves is suggested for moderately heavy weather which is based on a coxswain’s handling of the situation. In heavily confused seas a simulation of the ocean has been devised.

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