Marine Environment Deployment of Undersea Sensor Arrays (MEDUSA)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-07-M-0259
Agency Tracking Number: N071-070-1106
Amount: $69,978.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-070
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
11711 N. Creek Pkwy S., Suite D113, Bothell, WA, 98011
DUNS: 877425330
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Scott Frank
 Senior Mechanical Engineer
 (425) 486-0100
 frank@tethers.com
Business Contact
 Robert Hoyt
Title: CEO
Phone: (425) 486-0100
Email: hoyt@tethers.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Rapid deployment of sensor arrays into deep sea and littoral environments requires reliable mechanisms and payload packaging in order to ensure proper placement and longevity. Additionally, sensor networks require reliable, repeatable coverage areas and spacing. The methods of achieving this can change depending on whether the sensors are deployed singly or as part of a multi-sensor system. TUI proposes to develop two prototype underwater sensor deployment systems, one for individual sensor payload deployment for use in creating distributed networks by deploying individual payloads in desired locations, and one for multiple payload deployment for creating sensor networks by deploying a single package that then autonomously deploys multiple sensor payloads. These systems can be deployed by several means, including air drop, from a submarine’s three inch launcher, or via hydro-casting from a surface vessel. Both deployment systems can provide an optical fiber link from the sensor package to a buoy to enable either RF transmission of the sensor data or data logging by a retrievable package. The proposed Marine Environment Deployment of Undersea Sensor Arrays (MEDUSA) system will provide the Navy with a low-cost, reliable, and effective means of rapidly deploying arrays of sensors in the deep see and littoral environments.

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