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BE-ROVER Benthic Environment-ROV Extensible Robotrmingar System)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: WC-133R-17-CN-0054
Agency Tracking Number: 16-2-012
Amount: $398,606.92
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.2.1N
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2016-2
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-05-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-05-21
Small Business Information
225 Butte Drive, C, Los Osos, CA, 93402
DUNS: 080081020
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Eddie H.  Williams
 (781) 449-2284
Business Contact
 Eddie H.  Williams
Phone: (781) 449-2284
Research Institution
There is currently no low-cost, high performance minimally invasive, bottom-crawling ROV system for monitoring coastal and littoral benthic environments which is also deployable by a single marine researcher. Such a system augmenting divers’ observations would greatly expand the quantity and quality of data critical to managing coastal environments and preserving the economic benefits derived by their local communities. In 2014, Robo Nautica used its innovative system of low-cost high-performance underwater robotics components (US Patent 9315248) to build a working proof-of-concept prototype bottom-crawling robot which exceeded minimum requirements, and successfully demonstrated it at the NOAA Gray’s Reef NMS. In Phase I, that robot was used for empirical testing of improved components and configurations, identified by trade studies, which minimized deployment size and weight while extending the depth and duration of operation, radio range for piloting, and the variety of cameras it supports. In Phase II, based upon those test results, we will develop an improved bottom-crawling robot, with greater reliability, increased use of COTS components, and industry standard practices. It will be near ready for commercialization. We will make it available for extended testing by NOAA personnel.

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