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Adaptive Mission Planning for Energy REsilience (AMPERE)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-21-C-0566
Agency Tracking Number: N211-047-0270
Amount: $146,500.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N211-047
Solicitation Number: 21.1
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-06-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-12-27
Small Business Information
625 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-4555
United States
DUNS: 115243701
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Arjuna Balasuriya
 (617) 491-3474
Business Contact
 Mark Felix
Phone: (617) 491-3474
Research Institution

The Navy uses Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs), with different configurations and capabilities, for many critical missions. UUVs must dynamically adjust their onboard resources (e.g., energy usage) to unexpected situations to successfully complete missions, often with limited connectivity to the command and control stations. Unexpected situations can be caused by harsh underwater environments, or failures of the UUV’s software and hardware systems. UUVs are energy-constrained platforms, and operators often find it challenging to plan missions for the available onboard power budget because power consumption can vary unpredictably in response to dynamic underwater environments. To address the need for energy usage optimization onboard UUVs, Charles River Analytics is pleased to propose Adaptive Mission Planning for Energy REsilience (AMPERE), an intelligent performance manager that monitors and maintains a UUV’s power budget by dynamically adjusting mission parameters during execution. AMPERE is built on Charles River’s PRINCESS software, which was developed for the health and status monitoring of autonomous systems. In Phase I, we plan to demonstrate AMPERE through simulations using the UUV simulator developed previously for the ABBA program, which can simulate UUVs for most Navy missions in varying environmental conditions including underwater currents and bathymetry.

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