Retractable UUV Antenna Buoy with Smart Tether GPS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-09-M-0039
Agency Tracking Number: N082-194-0919
Amount: $99,985.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-194
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
112 W. Foster Ave, Suite 1, State College, PA, 16801
DUNS: 005051219
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dave Kraige
 Senior Mechanical Engineer
 (814) 867-4097
 dkraige@kcftech.com
Business Contact
 Jeremy Frank
Title: President
Phone: (814) 867-4097
Email: jfrank@kcftech.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
KCF Technologies, in collaboration with Star-H and Penn State ARL, will fabricate a tethered antenna to support two-way RF communication and GPS reception. In addition, the module will incorporate a “watch circle error” position correction using KCF Smart Tether sensors on the tether, to project the buoy GPS accurately onto the submerged UUV. In Phase 1, KCF and Star-H will fabricate and test a preliminary deployable antenna. The prototype will be configured as a module for the Bluefin 21 UUV. During Phase 2, Penn State ARL and Bluefin will support a demonstration of the deployable antenna module on a Penn State UUV and the Bluefin 21, respectively. The eventual goal is to also integrate the module onto the Bluefin 12 and other 12 ¾ inch UUVs.

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