Flying Carpet" Offboard Launch and Recovery System"

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,999.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N66604-02-C-4574
Agency Tracking Number:
N02-033-04
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Intelligent Automation, Inc.
7519 Standish Place, Suite 200, Rockville, MD, 20855
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
161911532
Principal Investigator:
Donald Myers
Dir.of Autonomous Systems
(301) 222-0444
dmyers@i-a-i.com
Business Contact:
Marc Toplin
Director of Contracts
(301) 222-0444
mtoplin@i-a-i.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
"A ship maintenance system, the "Flying Carpet" (FC), is being prototyped at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. FC is a work platform suspended by powered cables from the side of a dry dock to permit rapid placement of personnel and loadsat the bow, stern, or sides of a ship. During this proposed SBIR program, Intelligent Automation, Inc. (IAI) will adapt the FC mechanism to launch and recovery of offboard vehicles. The FC systems offers several unique advantages, including completesix-degree-of-freedom control of the vehicle and the ability to actively control the stiffness of the vehicle carrier when contacting the vehicle. The FC also ensures stability against wind gusts and high sea states. To automate recover, we propose toinvestigate the use of a novel communications system that supports both two-way communications and range measurement. In Phase I IAI will produce a realistic dynamic simulation of the device in operational launch and recovery retrofitted to an existingship. Automated handling systems are in great demand throughout industry; the oil exploration industry in particular employs a large number of off board vehicles and would have a use for such a system."

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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