KCF/PSU Smart Tether Retrofit Device for Localization of Tethered Bodies

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-05-C-0359
Agency Tracking Number: N045-020-0329
Amount: $499,923.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-T020
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
119 S. Burrowes St.,Suite #605, State College, PA, 16801
DUNS: 005051219
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeremy E Frank
 President
 (814) 867-4097
 jfrank@kcftech.com
Business Contact
 Jeremy Frank
Title: President
Phone: (814) 867-4097
Email: jfrank@kcftech.com
Research Institution
 PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV.
 Chris Rahn
 150A Hammond Building
University Park, PA, 16802
 (814) 865-6237
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
A method is needed to measure the location of a submerged body relative to a tethered buoy. The initial defined Navy need for this technology is underwater unmanned vehicles used in mine identification and neutralization. Crawling vehicles require a 60-70 foot tether, while swimming vehicles require up to an 1800 foot tether. This creates a large error circle for localization of the tether. Our strategy is to develop a simple and robust device to sense the tether orientation, and couple this with a Smart Tether algorithm to provide watch circle correction in real time.

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