Passively Stable Towed-platform Interface for Launch and Recovery of Surface and Undersea Unmanned Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-04-M-0151
Agency Tracking Number: N041-092-1584
Amount: $69,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-092
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 757, Dublin, VA, 24084
DUNS: 101130032
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Roger Polidoro
 Program Manager
 (540) 616-6062
 rogerp@swva.net
Business Contact
 Wanda Gibson
Title: Chief Financial Engineer
Phone: (540) 616-6062
Email: intlsci@earthlink.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The Navy has identified the need for the development and demonstration of an interface for the launch and recovery of unmanned surface and undersea vehicles at stern ramps of small-deck ships. The Navy further emphasizes that no safe and accurate method currently exists for the recovery aboard ship of unmanned surface vehicles and unmanned undersea vehicles. To respond to these challenges, International Scientific, through its Ocean Systems Division, proposes the design, development and implementation of a passively stable, towed-platform interface that will fulfill Navy requirements of mechanical simplicity and modularity and will have low acquisition and life-cycle costs. The proposed Phase I Technical Objectives include the selection and hydrodynamic optimization of candidate modular towed platforms, evaluation of computer-aided designs accommodating a wide range of unmanned surface vehicles and unmanned undersea vehicles, and integration of sub-assemblies based on a comprehensive trade-off evaluation. These three objectives will be followed by a Phase I Option Objective involving establishment of an engineering model through a design review incorporating cost/benefit analysis of materials and components. The research team of International Scientific - Ocean Systems Division and Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Ocean Engineering Department has an unique capability to meet the goals of Navy solicitation Topic N04.1-092 by providing in Phase I a design and optimization, and in Phase II the fabrication and performance evaluation of a passively stable, towed-platform interface for launch and recovery of unmanned vehicles from small-deck Navy ships.

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