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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$499,923.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
N00014-05-C-0359
Solitcitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2005
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
N045-020-0329
Solicitation Topic Code:
N04-T020
Small Business Information
KCF TECHNOLOGIES, INC
119 S. Burrowes St.,Suite #605, State College, PA, 16801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
005051219
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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