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Jellyfish-Inspired Profiling Floats

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-18-C-0368
Agency Tracking Number: N18A-025-0244
Amount: $124,981.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N18A-T025
Solicitation Number: 18.A
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-06-04
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-08-26
Small Business Information
300 Bear Hill Rd
Waltham, MA 02451
United States
DUNS: 005313494
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Rufo Michael Rufo
 Director, Advanced Systems
 (781) 314-0723
Business Contact
 Mark Smithers
Phone: (781) 466-8010
Research Institution
 University of Texas - Dallas
 Steve Collins, Ph.D. Steve Collins, Ph.D.
800 W Campbell Rd
Richardson, TX 75080
United States

 (972) 883-6534
 Nonprofit College or University

With MEDUSAE, our world class team proposes to leverage our extensive experience, existing technology, and a unique approach to lightweight, long lasting, self-recharging jellyfish-inspired floats to fill an oceanographic sensing capability gap for the Navy. Our experience in bio-inspired robot (including jellyfish), nonconventional actuation, and energy harvesting development promises to provide a tactically relevant solution. We can show feasibility in the short term as well as major advantages from cutting edge approaches in the long term. Driven by a prime contractor that has over 20 years of proven success commercializing technologies including maritime devices, the MEDUSAE project promises success for ONR and future transition partners. Our team and our network of connections to the user community provide reduced risk with increased probability of transition. The MEDUSAE concept provides a low cost, station keeping, energy harvesting solution for long term use (greater than or equal to 12 months). PH I will generate proof of concept and align PH II for success through use of our existing capabilities and technology in the oceanographic, dropsonde, and sensor markets and a focus on the main challenges of this specific development (mobility and power).

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