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UMAA-Compliant Autonomous Anchoring System (“UCAAS”)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-21-C-0735
Agency Tracking Number: N211-072-1683
Amount: $140,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N211-072
Solicitation Number: 21.1
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-08-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-02-22
Small Business Information
1850 Frankfurst Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21226-1024
United States
DUNS: 188955991
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Paul Seiffert
 (443) 524-3330
Business Contact
 Elizabeth Hines
Phone: (443) 524-3330
Research Institution

The Navy is seeking a UMAA-compliant autonomous anchoring system for Medium and Large Unmanned Surface Vessels.  Legacy anchoring systems typically lack basic automation, handling evolutions are crew intensive and can be dangerous.   This research will develop a highly reliable modular UMAA-compliant autonomous anchoring system (UCAAS).  The system will consist of a UMAA-compliant software and control system as well as a modular and scalable automated machinery kit.  The UCAAS may either be retrofit to existing vessels or incorporated into keel-up designs with various sizes and arrangements of anchoring handling machinery. The system will be capable of planning and executing autonomous anchoring, providing decision making and status feedback within the UMAA framework, allowing for remote human-in-the-loop control and enhancing reliability through fault tolerance, redundancy, and selection of fundamentally reliable subcomponents.

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