Unmanned Surface Vehicle Autonomous Maritime Seaway Navigation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-04-M-0180
Agency Tracking Number: N041-128-1942
Amount: $69,980.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-128
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
1850 Frankfurst Avenue, Baltimore, MD, 21226
DUNS: 188955991
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Danny Jordan
 Principal Engineer
 (443) 524-3330
Business Contact
 Peter MacShane
Title: Business Develop Director
Phone: (443) 524-3330
Email: macs@mapcorp.com
Research Institution
The U.S. Navy is developing unmanned vehicle technologies for air, sea and undersea applications. Many technologies will have to be developed to replace functions that are now performed by human operators. Additional sensors will be required to provide the vehicle controller with information that a human would have sensed, and algorithms will have to be developed to react to the sensed information. One of the primary limitations of a manned vessel that will not exist on an unmanned vessel is motion sickness incidence of the crew. The discussion changes from needing to ensure that the crew can perform their duties and remain healthy in heavy seas, to ensuring that the unmanned vessel can maintain structural integrity, hydrodynamic stability, and directional control in a seaway. Beyond simply slowing the vehicle to reduce accelerations in heavy seas, the unmanned vessel will have to determine how to manage the trade off between efficiency and speed to achieve its destination.

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